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'SILENCE THE TANGO! START UP THE "POI"!
SOUTH SEA ISLAND DANCES NEXT CRAZE?
Maori natives performing an
cient war dance, and (below)
bride and groom rubbing noses
at queer wedding ceremony.
San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 24
That the romantic and volup
tuous South Sea will have a
marked influence on dancing in
this country, with the "Poi" and
"Haka" dances of the Maoris su
perceding the South American
"Tango" and "Maxixe" as ball
room favorites, is the prediction
of A. C. Annesley, traveler and
lecturer, who is preparing to
bring a troupe of 50 New Zea
land natives to the Panama-Pacific
Expressing the sinuous prodi
gality of their tropical life, com
bined with a certain mystical
symbolism, the dances of the
Maoris have an irresistible ry
them and appeal, says Annesley.
At the head of the native aggrega- the handsomest natives of the Pacific
tion to be brought here will be Meta- islands. The tribes have selected
tappakoke, the great chief of all their most alluring women, some al
Maoris. With him will come some of , most as light as Caucasians, to show