Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rarotongan & Aitutaki Dancers 2000


Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011
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Took these way back in 1999/2000 when I was very fortunate to visit the Cook Islands. I was told the dances they perform are the truest form of the Polynesian dances as other islands have been changed by tourists and are much more provacative in the way they dress. They say this is true for the Tahiti and Hawaiian dancers, so if you want to see the real thing, you should head to Rarotonga and especially Aitutaki.


Rorotangan Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000
Although, I am not sure if things are changed because since I visited Survivor was filmed there and things could be different now.  An interesting note about that, is that while I was there I met a man that told me how the first testings of Survivor (I didn't know it would be called that) had been done there. He showed me the shelters they had tried to teach the group. The group had supposedly been these tough kids from England and they weren't allow any smokes or alcohol.

Captain John the guy taking me on a Lagoon ride was telling me the story because we had been talking about camping on one of the islands. He said that one of the group had tried to bribe him to get them off the island because they couldn't hack it going with out the smokes and alcohol.


Rorotangan Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000

We had lots of laughs but I could imagine it would be very hard to survive if you didn't know anything about island life, as we have seen on Survivor. The bugs would do me in.

Luckily when I was there I was leading a pretty cushy life, and had a nice room and a fantastic 6 week vacation. I was soooooo very blessed. I would love to return and show my daughter the island.

The highlights were the dancers and drummers and the church choirs that made you cry they sounded so beautiful. 

Have you been to the Cook Islands? Would you like to go?  Please leave a comment I'd like to hear from you.
Aitutaki Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000

Aitutaki Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000

Aitutaki Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000

Aitutaki Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000

Aitutaki Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000

Aitutaki Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000

Aitutaki Dancers- Photographer Tina Winterlik Tina Winterlik   © 2000

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