In the summer of 2017, Peace Guardians carried out a summer school program for twenty inner city kids ranging from 8-13 years old in Watts Los Angeles. The program was part of the annual Watts Bears summer school. The Watts Bears are group of student football and track athletes coached by the Los Angeles Police Department. Working in conjunction with the Watts officers and coaches, Peace Guardians and guest teachers spent four hours a day with the students facilitating mindfulness exercises and the Haka as wellness tools to incorporate into their lives in and out of the classroom and football field. The use of the Ancient Maori practice in modern day contexts serves as a fusion of cultural storytelling and with modern interpretations. The Watts Bears students mapped out their own Haka to be performed before Games.
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"Peace Guardians, Watts Bears and The Maori Haka,"
The STEAM Journal:
1, Article 28.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol3/iss1/28