The Maori war dance (the haka) and being may help people keep dementia away. Researchers from a university in New Zealand say doing the haka and speaking two (Maori and English) might help Maoris avoid dementia. A compared rates of dementia among people in their 80s and 90s. Researchers thought these would be among Maoris. This is Maoris have less health care, less and heart diseases than non-Maoris. However, researchers found no between Maoris and non-Maoris.
The haka is a war cry. A group of people all chant and repeat the energetic movements while stamping their . Warriors did it before . They wanted to show their and frighten their enemy. A New Zealand football team started using in 1888. The famous All Blacks rugby team then started using it before their in 1905. It is now part of the pre-match for the All Blacks. A Maori professor said that skill, co-ordination and the difficult dance of the haka help to keep the brain healthy.