Thursday, 4 August 2016

Cook Island Language Week

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Today we were visited by members from the Auckland Museum. They were Cook Islanders who were here to talk about “Vakas”, Wakas or boats. They had brought a tool, that was used to drill holes in wood which was very interesting. It didn’t look like a complicated object, though no one knew how to use it, until Lauren demonstrated. The string they used to connect wood that was made from coconuts, was named “Niu.” I learned how they used the sun, the stars and other things in the sky as a guide/compass, and how they knew they were near land. As I am a Cook Islander, I found this session really interesting as it is the history of how my ancestors travelled from Africa to Cook Island.    


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