POI HISTORY: Poi was originally used many
years ago by the indigenous Maori people of Polynesia to increase their
flexibility, strength, and coordination. Poi was also used as a form of
entertainment and as a game by Maori women in New Zealand. To watch a Maori
dancer perform with the poi is to be mesmerized by their skill and dexterity. It
is said that in the old days only women of high rank knew how to dance the poi,
and they jealously guarded this knowledge from the lower classes. To the Maori,
POI means ball at the end of long rope. The original POI were made with flax
leaves rolled into a ball.
POI TODAY: There is increasing interest in the art of Poi today. Poi
swinging competitions are held throughout the world, and Poi has now found a new
home in the nightclub as a visual art. Go beyond swinging glowsticks or flags
and return to the original swinging art of POI!
ABOUT OUR POI SWINGS: Our Zuni Poi Swings are made of a durable ripstop
nylon, and the elegant tails are designed to float nicely behind the weighted
head of the Zuni- showing the orbits made by the poi and adding to the beauty of
the activity. Features include an adjustable cord, an integrated swivel clip to
attach glowsticks, a convenient carrying pouch, and an instructional pamphlet.
The glowstick attachments (we recommend 6" glowsticks) add incredibly colorful
orbits and are just amazing to watch in a club.