South Pacific Islander Cultural Practices That Represent Social Systems

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South Pacific Island Culture In many respects, food is highly representative of the culture of an indigenous group of people. This concept certainly applies to South Pacific Islanders, and is perhaps best demonstrated by the food preparation, eating habits, and the social system reinforced by the culinary practices of inhabitants of the Cook Islands. The traditional dishes eaten within this culture are practically all related to the sea and exemplify the fact that the inhabitants are islanders with several social institutions (as well as economic and to a certain degree, even political) based upon the sea. In terms of food, conventional Cook Island delicacies include a dish known as rori, which is essentially sea cucumbers, and can be consumed whether raw or in a cooked form garnished with an assortment of spices, butter and garlic. There are a number of fish recipes that have been propagated and passed down to inhabitants for generations, including ika, a form of raw fish that is prepared with oil and vinegar, salt, and coconut cream and onion. One of the most ubiquitous drinks consumed is coconut water, as well as fruit juices, while fruits such as oranges, bananas and pawpaws are used to brew bush beer (Cook Islands, 2006). These cultural practices are endemic of Cook Island society and represent its culture because they are all based upon the tropical setting and natural resources bestowed upon this area due to its location within the South Pacific and its status as
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