Vibrancy in Life
This souvenir from Cook Islands not only signifies strength but vibrancy in life. The symbolism also clues the viewer into the cultural elements of the people who inhabit these islands. You may very well look at this magnet and wonder about the people this coat of arms is meant to represent.
The Uniqueness about Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands off the shore of New Zealand, the country in charge of their defense and their foreign affairs. Their inhabitants are citizens of New Zealand but, due the countries' free association agreement, they are also considered Cook Islands nationals. Travelers love the many attractions that the islands offer such its Polynesian based music and singing that is present in many cultural and social celebrations. Art lovers will be delighted at the the multiple art and crafts expressions that include woodcarving, tivaevae and weaving. Foe many years, artusts have been producing detailed figurines carved in wood that depict local gods. Travelers will be amazed at the variety of mats, hats and baskets that local artisans make and that can be purchased at the open air markets. Some artists from Cook Islands are now exhibiting in international venues. Some of the most renowned artists include Mahinki Tangaroa, Loretta Reynolds, Api Rongo, Ani O'Neal and Varu Samuel, among many others. Sometimes a good decoration provides a bit of movement for the viewer. This is not a bad travel souvenir to get if you'd like to remember Cook Islands as a place that is full of life.