Arts & Culture

Poi awe (percussive device)


Te Papa
Te Papa

A poi is a light, circular ball attached to a cord that is twirled with the twist of the wrists in combinations of movements, around and against the hands and body. This example is a very rare type woven in muka (flax fibre) with a technique called knotless netting. It is called a poi awe, due to the presence of the dog-hair awe (tassles) attached as decoration.

Poi are used as visual and rhythmic accompaniments to Māori cultural song and dance performances. Performers might use a single poi or a pair, with either short or long cordage lengths. Traditionally, dried raupō (bullrush) leaves were used as the ball covering, with braided muka for the cords. Today, synthetic materials are used.



  • 標題: Poi awe (percussive device)
  • 建立日期: 1800
  • 建立位置: New Zealand
  • 實際尺寸: w102 x h82 mm
  • 類型: poi
  • 權利: Acquisition history unknown
  • 外部連結: Te Papa
  • 材質: muka fibre, tahuna, dog hair, kiekie, pingao, wool
  • weaver: Unknown
  • Object classification: poi; percussion instruments
  • Material terms: muka; Kiekie; raupo; dog hair; wool; pïngao