The book Rhythm and Dance explores Polynesian culture.
Kia orana, everyone. My name is Pherina. I migrated from the Cook Islands many years ago. Each week, in my new country, I get together with my friends of Cook Islander background to sing, dance and play the drums. It’s a lot of fun – and a great way to keep Cook Islander traditions alive.
The Cook Islands are a group of fifteen widely-spaced, tropical islands 3 500 kilometres north-east of New Zealand. They are spread out over a total of 2.2 million square kilometres of ocean. The Cook Islands are divided into a southern group of eight islands, including Raratonga (the seat of government) and a northern group of seven.
They were named after Captain James Cook, the English explorer, who sighted them on his second and third voyages. Avaru is the administrative and commercial centre of the Islands. Tourists increasingly visit the islands to enjoy the tropical resorts and warm weather.
The underlying values of the book Rhythm and Dance are:
- Inquiry and curiosity