Recently I was in Taranaki and drove through Patea, famous for the Patea Maori Club and their 1984 NZ Number one hit “Poi e”. An excellent background to the song by Ngoi Pewhairangi and Dalvanius Prime is given here. Sabina has always loved this song, and early on nearly drove us all, including her kaiako at kohanga, mad with her constant obsession with Poi e. Poi e was on repeat in my car for many months. Later, to Sabina’s delight we located it here on YouTube and Sabina happily watches it many times over, swinging her Poi and occasionally singing along.
I filmed Sabina swinging her poi to Poi e but I’m now terrified of copyright law so I won’t publish it. But I will publish my poi making tuturial:
HOW TO MAKE POI AT HOME (WITH ITEMS YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE…)
- Fabric (enough for 2x dinner plate circles)
- Plastic bag (not necessary but makes for a good noisy poi)
- Newspaper (or foam if you want to make a soft poi – another tutorial to follow for soft poi)
- Willing participant to help you make the 4-plait rope or view my [SOLO PLAITING VIDEO TUTORIAL]
Little clip showing how to make the 4-plait:
With a Partner
And by yourself
Hmm, I guess I should have photographed the finished poi, but Im sure you get the picture.
NOTE – September 2011 – Here are some new poi I have been making with dacron inner. I will post up a revised tutorial soon, with instructions on how to do the 4 plait on your own to get a spiral effect in the rope. https://domesticscene.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/new-poi-e/