A Brief History of Poi: Poi originates from the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand, the word 'Poi' simply means ball. For over a thousand years Maori women have danced the Maori Poi, a dance with balls attached to strings, swung rhythmically to keep there hands flexible for weaving.
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The traditional poi used in action songs and dances derives from the ancient “Poi Toa.” These artifacts were used efficiently by pre-European Maori – men, women and children. Poi Toa comes from the archaic “ki.