Her achievements hold a lifetime of memories and last week could not hold back her tears as she recalled how she and her 22-member dance group, known as the “Royal Rarotongans” travelled the world to promote Cook Islands culture and customs through dancing.
The Royal Rarotongans was one of the first groups of its type to represent the Cooks overseas, and Caffery says it included some of the most beautiful and experienced dancing girls of the time.
“It was not only for entertainment. Culture and art were very much integrated with our knowledge and way of life and with the skills that we have,” Caffery said.
Apart from presenting dance performances, she said the group also promoted the Cook Islands as a holiday destination in the various places they visited.
They also regularly competed against cultural dance groups from other parts of the world.
“The group showcased our culture to the world and it was a rewarding experience for us all.
Caffery said she intends to give away copies of the pictures she took on some of the trips and anyone interested in the pictures are more than welcome to visit her and check them out.
“To those who are interested in the pictures please do come and see me and I’ll be more than happy to assist you.”
Cafferey said about 20 countries had requested visits by the Royal Rarotongans group to perform at various events.