History And Culture Of The Cook Islands

1940 WordsJul 18, 20158 Pages
History of Culture The history behind the culture of the Cook Islands came from the various sources of ancient migration, and early land settlement. The islands got its name from a British man named Captain James Cook. He landed on the island in 1773. It was in the 19th century is when missionaries started to come to the islands. They brought with them many sicknesses as well as churches and schools to share the gospel. Through this, the island’s dominate religion is Christianity. In the Cook Islands culture, “all the islands employed a chiefly system based on traditional legends of migration and settlement” (Cook Islands: Art and Culture). Born to power as chiefs and inheritors, Polynesian culture before Europe’s involvement, falls nothing short to that in comparison to Greece’s heroic period. Like Homer’s concept in early 1200 BC, islanders adopted a similar and identical concept of belief known as, “Mana”, or power. This concept consisted of: connection, feasting, dancing, offerings of food, attitudes toward females, and the absence of individualism (Cook Islands: Art and Culture). Cook Islands culture is based on family and celebration. Since the Cook Islands are made up of many smaller islands, it is relevant that Cook Islanders choose to identify first with their individual island and secondarily with the country as an entirety. Uniqueness of the Culture Differing from other regions and their cultures, Polynesian culture is unique due to having their own
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