Keeping up with the colonial New Zealand Wars theme of my recent postings, here’s a terrific version of the Māori haka taken from the 1980s movie Utu.
The scene shows a unit of kaupapa (government-side) Māori in the Armed Constabulary. This unit is a bit later than my own New Zealand Wars armies, being from the 1860s/70s, rather than the 1840s. But it is still great to get a feel of the haka as it would’ve been seen in the period, rather than on a modern rugby field!
The clip also gives good inspiration for the rugged campaign look to the uniforms (or part-uniforms, really). See what I mean in these screenshots:
And here’s the original poster for the movie Utu: