It WAS a baptism of fire for young Tamaiva Mateariki at the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam on Thursday (CI time).
The top local dancer spoke on behalf of the Cook Islands at the inaugural Indigenous Language Conference Festpac 2016 at Guam University.
Mateariki did a presentation on the Cook Islands Maori language.
The Cook Island National Arts Theatre (CINAT) team spokesperson said the topic for the youth presentation was to explain what the theme of this year’s festival means to them.
The theme of this year’s festival is “What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific”.
The spokesperson said Mateariki did well at the presentation and spoke passionately about Cook Islands and it language.
Meanwhile some Cook Islands team members also took time out of their busy schedule for sightseeing in Guam.
The Festival of Pacific Arts which is held every four years has this year attracted 27 Pacific countries and territories and over 2000 performers participating.
The two-week festival, which ends on June 4, is the largest gathering to showcase the unique cultures of the region.
The resort has been fantastic and the staff members are fabulous.”