Businesswoman and cultural expert Jackie Tuara. 22113008
Businesswoman and cultural expert Jackie Tuara questioned the authenticity of the Cook Islands culture being promoted in the tourism industry.
at the Cook Islands National Feminist Forum held at The Edgewater Resort and
Spa last week, Tuara said most cultural performances were not showcasing the
true Cook Islands culture.
questioned if showcasing Cook Islands culture to visitors was only for
about the island night shows, what you love about it, think about the dancers,
costumes. For me since the borders opened, one thing that stood out is that I
see these island night markets and I think is that Cook Islands culture,” said
example, she said fire dancing was not part of Cook Islands culture, “it’s
should be taught and told when they are being taught something that is not Cook
said there was nothing wrong with teaching and promoting another culture but
people must be told where these cultural practices come from.
becoming a Pacific culture? I think its brilliant our children are learning …
but children should be taught where that art is from if it’s not Cook Islands.”
one’s cultural identity is important and links people to families and
of Cultural Development’s Ngatuaine Maui, who participated at the event, pointed
out with local dance teams, females were using too much make
up including eyelashes, dark lipsticks and foundations.
Maui said performing art groups needed to see if they were going too far with
development, if it was the Cook Islands way and if they needed to put a brake
said if one was teaching Cook Islands culture then they must teach performers
that beauty comes from within.