Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Haka

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The Haka with its origins in the mists of time is still today an integral part of New Zealand culture and its performance is recognized globally. It is respected by the majority of New Zealanders as an icon of their country.

The Haka can be best described as a set of dance postures using primarily legs and arms combined with facial grimaces and contortions plus verse and song. It is performed with passion and intensity and was once dance choreographed to challenge and instill fear into the hearts of opposing warriors. It is also ceremonially used to welcome distinguished visitors and in the form of Kapa Haka as entertainment.

Have you watched the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team performing their pre-test match Haka? If you are familiar with the Haka then hopefully this warrior will evoke a vision of such an emotional stirring sight.

—Rex Homan

Rex Homan

Rex Homan

Māori

Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.