Dr Jon Tikivanotau Jonassen has over the years written books on topics that are close to his heart and tomorrow he will be launching another four of his books for the Cook Islands people and the future generations.
Well-known and respected political science professor Dr Jon
Tikivanotau Jonassen says he writes books to at least record what he knows, and
maybe one day someone will pick it up and take it further.
“Otherwise it will disappear,” he says.
Last year Dr Jonassen launched four books; Volume One of
Traditional Chants, Volume One of Songs and a book on ghost stories and Cook
Tomorrow he launches Volume two of Tribal Titles: Pe’e -
Chants, volume two of Teia Atamira Ariki: Vaiata – Songs, and two other
different books called Nakunga- Maori Phrases (a reference to ancient proverbs
and meanings) and Cook Islands Maori: Speak Rarotongan.
He says the difference of volume one on chants is that he
writes about the chants that are used for birthdays, haircutting, funerals and
He says volume two is more on chants linked to investiture
ceremonies or titles.
“In volume two because I talk about titles I made a
conscious decision that titles I would talk about will only be the ones that I
am linked to by genealogy.”
He said there has never been a book on chants.
Dr Jonassen has completed volume three of the chants book
and this is also to be released soon.
He said for the song book, he has written well over 700 songs
that includes Mou Piri, but the songs are divided into different volumes of the
books and will be released later in the year.
Books to be launched this week at the Islander Hotel. 21011203
“We are trying to make it (books) as affordable as possible
because our focus is our people and our schools,” Dr Jonassen said.
The books have been printed by Rarotonga Printing Ltd and
published by Mana Heritage Publications Limited supported by the Ministry of
The four books will be launched on Thursday at 6pm at the