THE men of Rotuma play an important role in ensuring their women get the love and protection they deserve.
This was the main message displayed by the Rako Dance Group in their 14-minute show at the Epeli Hau'ofa International Dance Festival on Friday night.
Group director Letila Mitchell said they used the sacred bird, the armea, which was found only on Rotuma, to showcase how their men protect their women.
The packed USP ICT Theatre watched in awe as the dancers displayed their Rotuman culture.
"The message we tried to get across was about the armea bird and its significance to us, which is similar to women and their importance," Ms Mitchell said.