Thursday, 17 March 2011

Let's Dance

As an aside from all the 6 Nations brouhaha, I was mightily relieved to hear that the New Zealand Rugby Union has signed an historic agreement with the Ngati Toa Maori tribe which will allow the All Blacks to continue to perform the Ka Mate Haka.

I understand that under the deal the Ngati Toa, who claim ownership of the traditional dance, have apparently been assured that use of the Haka would be "respectful" (a factor undoubtedly more significant than the supposition that they will also be paid compensation if the Haka is used in advertising).

I'm sure that the news comes as a huge relief to us all.

In a separate development, it is being reported that the RFU are locked in talks with a group representing descendants of African-American slaves in Tennessee over the continued singing of the spiritual folk song Swing Low Sweet Chariot by England rugby supporters at Twickenham.

5 comments:

Ferdy said...

LOL.

Steve Munford said...

Somehow I can't see a group of African-American descendants suing the RFU or stopping 80,000 singing the song at Twickenham.....

anne bebbington said...

In the litigation society that is the US I wouldn't be too sure about that :)

Windy Rucker said...

I'm pretty sure the RFU are in talks with the Morris Ring to arrange an inspirational Morris Dance to answer the Haka...

slugso said...

Comedy gold.