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Sed people consider the lower position to be immodest and untraditional. Thus, their contemporary dance costumes may be considered as revealing. A key characteristic of Cook Islands' female dance is the side to side sway of the hips. This map classifies offenses according to the following : homosexual acts. Franklin and Miguel A.
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One crucial aspect of Cook Islands' debates about national authenticity is that they are highly gendered. The interchange between the Society and Cook Islands is informed by the missionary and colonial history of the region.
The second set sx comments about washing machine dance-style needs some explanation. Debates about pre-colonial traditions, and the impact of missionisation and colonialism pervade discussions about contemporary Cook Islands' dance and expressive culture. What is missing in the expression of these issues is the fact that Cook Islanders also copy Tahitian music, costuming and dance styles.
The missionaries prohibited our dancing; they repressed it. In doing so, I was attempting to broaden definitions of what constitutes 'culture' and, by focussing on historical change, I emphasised the creative nature of these expressive practices. That Tahiti is constructed as both a threat and a reference point for the Cook Islands is a product of a long history of economic, political and artistic relations that existed before the region was colonised.
Figure 4. Maybe that is what the tourists want to see—but we should remain true to ourselves.
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To Cook Islanders, se reveal the lower part of the body is far more problematic than donning a coconut bra or a bikini-style top. I explore debates on these body parts in order to demonstrate the efforts to police the female body and attempts at boundary marking that encompass global, regional and national issues. Globalisation, most commonly viewed by Cook Islanders as Westernisation, is referred to as the spread of papa'a ways the ways of white people. It is the female dancing body, and female dance practice, which are crucial to discourses about cultural legitimacy.
Some Protestant and Roman Catholic churches believe Cook Islands' dancing and music are acceptable in non-church contexts. During missionary and colonial periods men's bodies were similarly covered up with Western clothing, most commonly black trousers and white shirts. This series of maps provides a global overview of those laws.
This thought led me to a story my mother used to tell of having the skirt of her school uniform measured—it had to fall no less than two inches below the Islsnds.
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The Society Islands, encompassing Tahiti, figure as a prominent threat to Cook Islands' culture, particularly with respect to their ownership of particular dance esx, popular music songs and drum beats. While the hegemony of the West in shaping 'the global' cannot be denied, its articulation through intra-regional networks and relationships deserves closer oWmen. In our day it was more like theatre; it had class; it was culture. Furthermore, the coconut bra could equally be targeted in debates about tradition and authenticity in Cook Islands' dance.
Margaret Jolly and Nicholas Thomas, special issue, Oceania, vol.
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The often-employed phrases 'prostitution' and 'bastardisation' point to this and to the ambivalence felt towards tourism and the global processes of commodification and perceived loss of cultural ownership. Dance traditions On Rarotonga, the main concern about dance traditions was that these traditions were being compromised by the demands of the tourist industry. The increasing sexualisation of Cook Islands' dance is considered a Wome of tourism.
It is implied in Islannds remarks above that missionaries, and older Cook Islanders who are similarly repressed, attempted to prohibit this kind of dancing. Saudi Arabia has no codified law, but police routinely arrest people based on their gender expression. Most consist of a small loincloth and underwear and their dance style, especially in tourist contexts, plays on the hypermasculinity of the 'Polynesian Warrior.
I centred my analysis on the history of these practices from pre-colonial times to the present, including both officially-sanctioned performances those Islanes take place for ritual events such as the investiture of chiefs, village Christmas festivities and national independence celebrationsand the expressive practices of less formal contexts such as nightclubs and parties.
The marking of the Islnads and hip movements as morally sensitive in adjudications of tradition serves to emphasise that norms of bodily propriety are culturally shaped. This includes several countries that otherwise have progressive laws on sexual orientation and gender identity, such as Canada and Chile.
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Today many Cook Islanders have relatives in Tahiti and they visit for family and other community events such as church gatherings and school trips. Sdx Tourism.
Older Cook Islanders in particular discussed how dance was 'bastardised' and commodified. Peryra, New York and London: Routledge,pp.
Click on the country bubbles for a snapshot of each country's laws. At the beach, for example, especially in mixed-sex company, women sdx extremely careful to cover the lower region of the body. Recent work on regionalism in the Pacific is primarily focused on issues of regional governance, political institutions and economic cooperation and not the aesthetic, affective and global dimensions Islads regionalism I outline here.
The most common questions asked of me over this time were: 'What island in the Cooks retains its distinct dance style?
Savage dancing in the s. The London Missionary Society established a base in the Cook Islands inbringing with them Society Ielands converts to proselytise. Karen Nero, special issue, Pacific Studies, vol.
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However, my anthropologically informed beliefs about the dynamic nature of cultural forms sat in stark contrast with those of many Cook Islanders whose priority was to demarcate 'real Cook Islands traditions. These relations continued as Ielands Islands' men worked in phosphate mines in the Society Islands during the s and s and participated in the Bastille Celebrations which included dance competitions in the s.
This is particularly the case with respect to a nation's traditions and its past.