Mar 19

In popular culture

The name is featured in a Mountain Dew jingle, and it also appears in the 1976 (re-released in 1979) single “Lone Ranger” by British band Quantum Jump. Kenny Everett used a padded out version of the name as the introduction to the weekly aired “Kenny Everett Video Show” featuring an animated cartoon native speaking the words. It is the subject of a 1960 song by the New Zealand balladeer Peter Cape.
Czech group Mako!Mako playing Run’n’Be style composed a song Taumata where the full name is the only word used in lyrics. Tennis star Martina Navratilova learned to say the word when she was ten years old.