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Mau Rākau: Preserving the Maori Martial Art and Cultural Heritage

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Mau Rākau, a traditional Maori martial art, has seen a resurgence since the 1980s as part of the broader Maori cultural renaissance. The art form, which involves the skilled use of traditional Maori weaponry, has its roots in indigenous New Zealand traditions. It’s not only a testament to Maori history, but also plays a crucial role in preserving their cultural heritage. Mau Rākau’s influence is apparent in modern media, notably in the Star Wars character Boba Fett, making the martial art globally recognized.

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