January 20, 2023
The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands located in the South Pacific Ocean, known for their stunning beaches and lush tropical landscapes. However, there is much more to the Cook Islands than just its natural beauty. The islands are also rich in culture and history, with many stories and legends passed down through generations.
Unfortunately, these stories are not always well-known or understood by the younger generations of Cook Islanders. This is where Clinton Hewett comes in. He is a passionate advocate for Cook Island art, storytelling, and traditional knowledge. He believes that it is important to keep these stories alive in the minds of young learners, not only to preserve the culture and history of the Cook Islands, but also to keep young people interested in their own heritage.
To achieve this, Clinton has written two bilingual Cook Islands books: " tapuaetai the story of one foot island and hero who saved aitutaki both these books tell traditional stories from cook islands in a way that is engaging accessible to young readers. are accompanied by beautiful illustrations help bring characters settings life.
Both of these books are written in both English and Cook Islands Maori, which is the native language of the Cook Islands. This is important because it allows young Cook Islanders to read and understand the stories in their own language, helping to strengthen their connection to their culture and heritage.
In addition to writing these books, Clinton is also a visual artist who creates beautiful paintings and illustrations that are inspired by traditional Cook Island stories and motifs. He believes that art is an important way to keep young people interested in the stories of their culture and heritage.
By creating visual representations of the stories, Clinton hopes to inspire young people to learn more about their own culture and to appreciate the beauty of traditional Cook Island art.
Clinton Hewett is a passionate advocate for Cook Island art, storytelling, and traditional knowledge. He believes that it is important to keep these stories alive in the minds of young learners, not only to preserve the culture and history of the Cook Islands, but also to keep young people interested in their own heritage. Through his bilingual books and visual art, Clinton is working to share the stories of the Cook Islands with the next generation and to inspire a deeper appreciation of Cook Island culture and heritage.
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