the Cook Islands
out Highland Paradise Pictures
there is anything guaranteed to get my fingers tapping on a
table it is the infectious rhythm of Cook Islands drumming.
relentless beat is hard to fight and the skills of the drummers
are just astounding.
when we went to Rarotonga one thing high on the list of things
to do was to see an island cultural show.
are plenty of them, most of the resorts have their own, and
there are two specialised attractions Te Vara Nui Cultural Village
and Highland Paradise's Drums of Our Forefathers.
went and saw High Paradise's "lost village" and show
and were very impressed. Check
out our review.
Cook Islanders clearly love their musical and cultural heritage
and it is not hard to see why.
Cook Islanders are a religious people and they take their beliefs
many peoples colonised by Europeans, most Cook Islanders are
very happy to have been subjected to Western influence.
appreciate the missionaries who converted them as they turned
the islands from being places of war and cannabalism to a peaceful
land where they can practise Christianity.
travelling there be respectful in what you do and how you conduct
yourself. On tours we were asked to bow our heads, take hats
off, and close our eyes as they said Grace before a meal.
hadn't been part of Grace for a very long time and - it has
to be said - there was something very nice about being grateful
for what we were about to eat.
are special days in the Islands and most shops are closed, but
you can get along to a local church for a service.
didn't get to one, but others who did say they are something
amazing to witness.
are many churches and denominations around Rarotonga from the
Cook Islands Christian Church, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventists
prepared to enjoy some great singing and get your best clothes
and we should point out that Cook Islanders don't appreciate
having fleshy bits on too much show.
brief clothing is frowned upon and topless or nude sunbathing
is a big no-no.
you have a problem with that - don't go to the Cook Islands.