Kia pūāvai tō tātou Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani i Aotearoa.
To celebrate Cook Islands Language Week, we were lucky enough to have Jardan join us and do an amazing demonstration of traditional Cook Island drumming. Both Jardan and I bring our own knowledge that has been past down to us from our elders and community. We drew upon our own personal experiences of our up bringing and have utilized them to share with everyone within our Kindergarten and the wider community.
The values and beliefs in our environment is our children and whanau, and that they have an understanding and are comfortable with our Cook Island Culture. Unable speak our Reo Kuki Airani fluently ourselves, we were able to share and celebrate Cook Island Culture and Langauage, through the Arts of traditional Cook Island drumming. We really enjoyed having a dance and sing-a-long. Children who are not of Cook Island descent enjoyed to learn as well and have drawn their whanau to be apart of our family.
The children were able to embrace our culture and have a turn on the drums right throughout the day freely. We all had such a great time! Through providing a environment that offers children opportunities to explore our culture community, so much value is seen through these experiences. They are our SEEDS of the future to carry on our Cook Island Culture.