Don Cheadle seemed well acquainted with an important custom when he rubbed noses with a member of a Maori tribe as a way of saying hello to that person in New Zealand today.
The Oceans actor was participating in the NZ PGA Pro-Am, a non-competition seeding tournament held at Jacks Point Golf Club near Queenstown, and he made the effort with this official ritual during the event.
Although a hardy handshake is customary when greeting another person in the United States, when executing the proper etiquette for the Maori, you need to put your noses together.
And this is not the only alternative that may seem unusual to the unititated traveler.
For instance, in Polynesia, local men are known to embrace while rubbing each other’s back and in parts of East Africa, some people say hello by literally spitting at each other.
That said, as the Hotel Rwanda star visited Queensland, the self-avowed “golf nut” did what was culturally correct to do: Don Cheadle rubbed noses with a Maori man in New Zealand and seemed happy to do so before following a little white ball around a stunning golf course just south of Queenstown, New Zealand on Friday.