The Legend Of The Drum...

Hi, there! This is the second (of two) myths that never really made it to the final cut in the Production.
Because of time.
You’ll understand…

This myth is called, The Legend of the Drum, the myth from the Cook Islands...

So, the Cook Island girl would say this...

In the dawn of our ancestors the rutu pa’u (pronounced, correct me if wrong, loo-too pah-ooh - beating of the drums) was a call for our people to gather for a special occasion. The men of Cook Islands used hollowed logs to make their drums. The Cook Island men were known throughout the South Pacific for being the best drummers in all of Polynesia.

Then I would start it off...being the narrator…

On that day the Cook Island girl and her friends spent most of the day sharing the legend about the Cook Island drum.

Legend tells of a great drum challenge that happened between two islands. In this time the islands of Rarotonga and Ra’iatea (an island of French Polynesia) were situated next to each other.

The chiefs of Ra’iatea said to the chiefs of Rarotonga, “Our drummers are the best drummers of all the South Pacific Islands. Let us show you!” and they performed a performance with the drummers of Ra’iatea.
“Kare - NO!” the Rarotongan Chief disagreed, “You are not the best drummers, we are!...Let us show you!” and with that, the Rarotongan warriors performed a short drumming performance.

“We should ask the gods who they think the best drummers are of the Cook Islands!” the Cook Island Chief announced, And so the great drum challenge took place. Both islands assembled their best drums and drummers. The drummers beat fast and furiously all day. Polynesians from every island stopped and listened when they heard the drums and marvelled at their sounds. As the day drew to a close and the stars shone in the night’s sky, the gods announced that they had made their decision.

“We are proud of all of you fine, brave men of Cook Island.” said one of the the Gods, “Chiefs of Ra’iatea and Chiefs of Rarotonga. There can only be one winner, and we all agree, that the Rarotongan Chiefs are the the best drummers of our island paradise.” and with that, the Gods left, no, wait, one of the Gods, left with a thunderclap.

The Rarotongans celebrated their success with lots of singing, dancing, drumming and feasting. The following morning, although the Rarotongans were happy with their victory, they decided to take the Chiefs and people of Ra’iatea a gift - one of their magnificent pate drums. A group of strong, tattooed, Rarotongan warriors set sail in their canoe with the pate drum, to gift to the people of Ra’iatea.  However the Ra’iateans were still angry from their loss. As the Rarotongan warriors pulled their canoe onto the shores of Ra’iatea, the native warriors attacked and killed all the Rarotongan warriors.

The gods became furious when they saw what the people of Ra’iatea had done.

To keep the people of Rarotonga safe from future attacks from the Ra’iatean people, the gods threw a large fish-hook into the island of Rarotonga, and pulled it further down south from the island of Ra’iatea.

The End.

Comments

  1. This was an awesome Cook Island myth. It was disappointing that we had to cut this myth from the production due to time. Out actors worked very hard to learn their parts. Maybe they can perform this myth at a whole school assembly some time next term. What do you think Willy?

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