One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wild facial expression made by someone performing a haka.‘he was doing a pukana at the camera’
- ‘You find the whatero and pukana posturing highly amusing?’
- ‘It even teaches the haka-ending facial "pukana" in which the eyes bulge and men stick out their tongues.’
- ‘The best pukana photo will win an evening at Te Po - the Indigenous Evening Experience at Te Puia.’
- ‘Like the Maori warrior whose spirit bursts forth in pukana, this is the body as a nexus between that outside the individual and that within.’
- ‘The faces contort into a myriad of expressions, pukana, tongues out, eyes screwed up, with hoots of laughter and playful shoving.’
- ‘I can do a good pukana.’
- ‘Add yourself to Wellington's story by showing us your best pukana and getting your photo taken at Mojo.’
- ‘Three young Maori warriors sprung forth from inside the stadium, prancing, flashing their pukana (wild-eyed grimaces) and swinging their taiaha (long wooden clubs).’
- ‘In mostly unsympathetic roles, the cast are excellent, and the fantastic dancers are vital: a rugby scrum becomes a bull; flamenco flourishes are matched with pukana eyes.’
- ‘The first competition involves visitors giving their best pukana (haka face).’
Early 20th century: Maori.
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