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Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, Muri

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  • Mainly based on the cost of $15 - the room wasn’t much bigger than my motel room - had hardly any authentic artifacts - boring as - I reckon $2 would be fair 
    Mainly based on the cost of $15 - the room wasn’t much bigger than my motel room - had hardly any authentic artifacts - boring as - I reckon $2 would be fair  more »
  • Fantastic food and entertainment! The dancers snd music are mesmerizing, a great introduction to cook Island culture. The buffet food is a great taster of Polynesian food, delicious and tasty. 
    Fantastic food and entertainment! The dancers snd music are mesmerizing, a great introduction to cook Island culture. The buffet food is a great taster of Polynesian food, delicious and tasty.  more »
  • This small museum explains a lot of the history and culture of Rarotonga. This was supplemented by a very friendly and knowledgeable curator/guide. The shop/Cafe also serves a delicious and very... 
    This small museum explains a lot of the history and culture of Rarotonga. This was supplemented by a very friendly and knowledgeable curator/guide. The shop/Cafe also serves a delicious and very...  more »
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  • Visited Te Ara - Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise (NZ$15) and was amazed to see knowledge recontextualised through Pasifikan eyes. By mapping language, the museum is able to show all Pasifikan people originated in Taiwan, replacing stories of South American ancestry. While Europeans were hugging shorelines two thousand years ago, Pasifikan navigators were sailing into the unknown and populating the Pasifikan islands, creating top-down navigation charts and mapping currents and islands on bamboo frames. Mapping from a European perspective is done from the deck of the boat using stars and angles, while Pasifikan navigators viewed the map from above looking down at the relative position of each island. In the second half of the small museum, the impacts of missionaries, their diseases, slavery (blackbirding) and colonisation are laid bare as you travel through time and wave after wave of oppression suppressing the knowledge and way of life of the Cook Islanders. It is hard to walk out of there without feeling ashamed that you come from people who acted with such cruelty, subjecting the Pasifikan peoples to exploitation, false gods, racism and a totally misguided sense of being superior in all things. This museum made me glad that we’re now hearing the voices of the peoples our ancestors spoke over coming though loud and clear. Best we listen.
  • Must see for any new visitors to the Cook Islands who would like to learn more about the history and culture of the Cook Islands and its people. I love things of days gone by and found this a great treat. The museum has a lovely little gift shop and café with super friendly staff!
  • Loved this museum! Brilliant account of people movement across the Pacific ocean and the skills they used to do so, long before Capt Cook arrived. Well worth the visit and small entry fee.
  • I expected to find some pre European artefacts? but there was mostly reading, a few costumes, and it was very small. (One room). Some movies at the end. No fish in the fish tanks sadly. You learn a lot about the history but I hoped there was a bit more to it. Recommend
  • Absolutely worth it to visit. We had an amazingly intelligent tour guide. We learned a lot from Cook Islnads

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