Friday, September 28, 2012

PM Puna summoned in traditional way at Pacific Forum Opening

From the eldest to the youngest, the Cooks exhibited mastery and pride in their display of culture and traditions in the way they hosted the rest of the Pacific at the Pacific Forum Leaders meeting about a month ago. In this video, the young chanter won the hearts of the visitors as he conducted the chant in summoning Prime Minister Henry Punu to his rightful place at the opening of the forum. Many island cultures have similar welcome rituals for dignitaries. But, it seems almost uncommon to see young boys doing the lead role, something readily reserved for a few elders.

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