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Most of you have seen this series already... something to hold my place until I have a new series!
I travelled to the Cook Islands in April 2005 (I think) to write a story for Outpost magazine. I wish I could give you all a link to the story I wrote, because that would certainly provide the narrative some of you crave. At 3,000 words it's a bit long to post here. In any case, I arrived during the national dance competitions, which were far from being a tourist draw, but rather something deeply meaningful to competitors and viewers alike. The islands are depopulated, with anyone who is not a child or an old person leaving for New Zealand or Australia to earn a living. Many competitors flew in from elsewhere to demonstrate that they have not lost their heritage -- this is achieved by busting some spectacular moves on stage. The girls were magnificent, powerful, witty, moving in performance. Backstage was a very serious place, girls checking their hibiscus-bark skirts and fantastic headpieces, moms and aunties looking on and giving a hand.
It's a story of migration, family and isolation, and it's a theme that is as familiar to these islanders as the ocean that surrounds them.
9 photos 0 draft - Created : 25/11/2007 - Modified : 28/11/2007



Sunday's Child
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Sunday's Child
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At the Rugby Game
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At the Rugby Game
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Things Not Going As Planned
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Things Not Going As Planned
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Tough Audience
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Tough Audience
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Backstage 3
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Backstage 3
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Backstage 2
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Backstage 2
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Backstage
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Backstage
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Before the Competition
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Before the Competition
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Wonderful Night in Papeete
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Wonderful Night in Papeete
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