(WBIR-North Knoxville) Soothing music is just one element of a healing art of the Maori people of New Zealand. Iris Waimaania Davis and Ojasvin Kingi Davis teach a specific form of the Haka.
"My wife and I travel the world teaching Grandmothers Healing Haka that my grandmother wrote 17 years ago," Ojasvin Kingi Davis said. "We're traveling the world. We've been to 18 countries from as far as Australia to Siberia to America to Austria to Switzerland, France, Mexico."
And now they are spending a few days in Knoxville.
"We love the people here, the energy that Tennessee has," he said.
Bringing the couple from New Zealand seemed like a natural fit for Sara Griscom who owns Gypsy Hands Healing Arts in North Knoxville.
"I've always believed in sort of a world perspective and bringing people together," she said.
Sara was born in Spain and has immersed herself in healing traditions across the world including India and Guatemala.
"Whatever it is where we're all coming together in that spirit because it's all healing. It's all transformative. It has that potential to transform people," she said.
Ojasvin said, "Haka is like a power dance that connects you to your roots, that activates your memory connecting to your lands your mountains your rivers your identity. It empowers you."
Iris had a theater and arts background before meeting her husband.
"I saw that Grandmothers Healing Haka had this unique way of bringing dance, theater, language, meditation and everything together," she said.
Her role is to make it more accessible to people who are not Maori.
"I think this is what makes us travel around the world, just the happiness that comes out of the people's eyes and they look like they have had a facelift. Their heart is so brilliant radiant so it's really beautiful," Iris said.
Sara said, "We're all coming from the similar intention I believe to uplift people and bring them into their highest potential."