There must be some Cook Islands saying about the best laid plans, right? Suffice it to say that just getting to Ski Beach for PIFA this weekend has been…challenging. We finally arrived at our space about 7:15pm this evening, dropped off a load and did as much setup as the darkness allowed. Despite the set backs, we’re all pressing on and looking forward to enjoying the festival tomorrow.
On Saturday and Sunday I will be teaching a cultural documentary workshop at the Children’s Village, from 12:45-1:25pm. We’ll be talking about the importance of sharing our cultural heritage through digital media, but it will be way more fun than a lecture. This will be a hands on workshop. We’re going to make a mini-documentary together on the spot (parents you will need to sign a release form in order for your kids to participate). You’ll see those mini-docs right here on our website.
We’ll also be giving away a copy of The Art of Tivaevae by Lynnsay Rongokea! Drop by the Cook Islands booth and sign up for our newsletter to enter the drawing.
Finally, we’ll be posting updates on Twitter throughout the day, plus pictures, and a recap video next week.
Melodie is the director and producer of Spirit of Tivaevae. Born in New Zealand to a Cook Islander father and American mother, Melodie was raised in the United States. Her family background gives her a unique perspective on being a Pacific Islander raised outside the culture.