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History and Traditions of Rarotonga

TE ARIKI-TARA-ARE of Rarotonga, wrote extensively in the early 1900's about the "History and Traditions of Rarotonga". Some of his writings were later translated by...

The Sacred Space of Cook Islands Christian Churches

Maria Kecskemeti submitted a thesis to the Victoria University of Wellington in 2012 as her fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Anthropology. Her thesis...
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Turtles and their habitats on Mauke

Cook Islands Turtle Project : Mauke Report 2012 By Phil Bradshaw B.Sc. and Nerissa Bradshaw This Turtle Survey on Mauke was undertaken from 4 to 11...

Traditions of Aitutaki by Drury Low

Drury Low lived on Aitutaki for many years in the early 1900's. He wrote extensively about the history of this island and was published several...

Ethnology of Manihiki and Rakahanga

The traditional history of Manihiki and Rakahanga tells us that the human discoverer was Huku. He had sailed into these waters from Rarotonga on a fishing expedition. When he came to a part...

Oral Traditions of the Rarotonga Land Court Records

Mathew Campbell published an article in Volume 37, No2, 2002 of the" Journal of Pacific History" entitled : "The Oral Traditions of the Rarotonga...

Taipiro . . . and “The Cave of Sleepers”

Here is a story from Howard Henry . . . Taipiro was a twelve year old boy who belonged to the Ngati-Tane Tribe of Mangaia in Pre-European...

What is Genealogy . . . Cook Islands Style?

“Genealogy is a list of human creations, all kinds of previous manifestations. Some were good blokes, others were jokes, Pick your friends but you can’t pick your relations.” Genealogy...
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Rongomatane Ariki Investiture: Atiu 1956

On 9 August 1956, in an interesting blend of traditional Polynesian ritual and Christian ceremony, Tetupu Mataio was proclaimed the new Rongomatane Ariki on...

800 year old pearl-shell fish hooks at the National Museum

The National Heritage Collection at the Cooks Island National Museum. To increase public awareness of the unique artifacts of the National Heritage Collection displayed in...