Passionate performances pay homage to the arrival of Christianity
The Rarotonga Schools Cultural Festival ended on Wednesday evening with rave performances from all the teams.
The theme of the two-day dance celebrations reflected the arrival of Christianity in the Cook Islands 200 years ago, as defined by Tauranga Vananga – the Ministry of Cultural Development, earlier this year.
Each school presented elements relating to the selected islands of their choice.
The elegant presentation of Apii Imanuela included our ancestors, our Ui Tupuna, who were wise enough to receive the gospel in their generation and all the generation that came before today.
The song was composed by Kimberly Tangirere with the help of her father, Alfred Tangirere; the choreography was performed by Alana Short, Tevai Samuel and Hannah Tangirere.
Apii Te Uki Ou proudly portrayed the arrival of Christianity on Atiu Island or Enuamanu – Bird Island.
The school started with a fascinating action song; a special Atiu song by Mama Uia, the prophetess who proclaimed that Christianity will come to the island of Atiu; a colorful ‘ute, and finally the pulsating drum dance that represented the unique villages of Atiu.
Apii Te Uki Ou expressed gratitude to Ine Wichman-Sosene and her family, Tori Sosene, the beautiful action song written and composed by Lawrence Hosking and Katreena Smith, the people of Enuamanu for the Honorable Pe’e and the talented Saireni Poila for the “ute”.
Apii Nikao portrayed the arrival of Christianity on Akatokamanava / Mauke Island on July 23, 1823, received by Tararo Ariki.
The first part introduced a welcoming song of Christianity, accompanied by an action song, “E Rongo”, composed by Maara Scheel with the musical composition of Papa and Mama Orometua Joe Tinirau and Toka.
The school is grateful to Akatokamanava for the sponsorship of the mayor for their show and to all the parents and families who participated.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School has chosen to display the arrival of the Gospel on Araura / Aitutaki.
First on stage were the children of the ECE (Early Childhood Education) junior union to grade 3 with songs and drum dances composed by Lucy Vano with support from teachers, teacher assistants and parents .
The action song composed by Ms. Lucy Vano and the drum dance created by Makea Pauka, was performed by the children of the senior union in grades 4, 5 and 6.
Schools are looking forward to the next annual Culture School Festival next year.