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Piri Pukeko's Jig

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PIRI PUKEKO'S JIG (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Gaye Collin Dance Book 5

1- 8 1s set, dance down nearer hands joined and cast up round 3s to face 1st corners (2s step up 5-6)
9-16 1s dance RSh round 1st corner and pass LSh; 1s dance LSh round 3rd corner to 2nd place own side. 213
17-24 All cross RH, retain hands with partner facing clockwise and set; All chase clockwise back to own side. 312
25-32 Repeat 17-24, crossing LH and chasing anticlockwise. 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


Piri Pukeko's Jig J8x32 32-bar Jig for 3C in a 4C set by Gaye Collin 2009

1-8 1C set, take nearer hands and dance down the middle, cast around 3C and up to finish facing 1st corners. (2C step up on 5-6.)
9-16 1C dance a full figure of eight around 1st and 3rd corners, passing RS to 1st corner to begin, passing LS in the middle with each other, then LS to 3rd corners finishing on own side in second place.
17-24 2+1+3Cs cross over RH and finish facing clockwise, retaining hands, set, then chase back to own side.
25-32 Using LH this time, the same three couples repeat bars 17-24 dancing anticlockwise back to place.

Repeat from second place.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2023)


Dance Information

This dance was devised for the children attending the New Zealand 2009 JAM Camp, (Junior Associate Members) held over the first weekend in October, in Masterton. This dance was put on the Saturday night programme, and all the children learnt it on the night.

The name of the camp was "The Wildlife Fun Camp, and Pukeko's (New Zealand birds) were the birds used for the logo. They have beautiful blue coloured features on their breast, and red perks, they also have long spindly legs.

Elaine Lethbridge was the organiser of the camp, and it gathered 70 juniors from all around New Zealand. Elaine was keen to have a dance devised for this school. So Piri Pukeko's was the result.

Recommended tune: Tine's Jig from the CD Moments in Time by Jim Lindsay, Keith Smith and Muriel Johnstone.

(Dance information by the deviser, Gaye Collin, 2023)


The Australasian swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus) is a species of swamphen (Porphyrio) occurring in eastern Indonesia (the Moluccas, Aru and Kai Islands), Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.

In New Zealand, it is known as the pūkeko.

Established in New Zealand around 1000 years ago, the swamphen's arrival has been linked to Australian migration. While some suggest pre-human settlement, fossil evidence contradicts this, indicating a post-Māori arrival introduction. The bird's ability to reach remote locations, like L'Esperance Rock in the Kermadec group, underscores its proficient flying capabilities, shared among continental Rallidae.

In New Zealand, the swamphen population, akin to those in Tasmania, may slightly exceed Australian counterparts. Their behavior, including walking away from threats and a preference for short flights, distinguishes them. This resilient species has adapted and spread widely, demonstrating its survival skills over vast distances.

Pukeko Bird
Pukeko Holding A Nut While Cracking It With Its Beak


Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Australasian Swamphen article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Chris Swart, Creative Commons Licence 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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