Standing tall at the entrance of the British Museum is the statue known as Hoa Hakananai’a. To the Rapa Nui, the indigenous people of Easter Island, it means stolen or hidden friend. He is one of the iconic Moai head carvings that made the south Pacific island famous. The Rapa Nui see the Moia not […]
History was made last month when the ancestral lands of Easter Island were returned to the native people of this remote South Pacific island. Up until the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants of Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) used to live all over the island, where one can find the mighty […]
We, the Rapanui people of Easter Island, have managed to preserve our Polynesian culture despite a horrible history. Our ancestors were sold as slaves, infected with deadly diseases, locked up in a ghetto. We have experienced all sorts of physical and psychological tortures since our first contact with the ‘civilized world’ in 1722. The most […]
For the past two weeks, 500 Indigenous Peoples in Rapa Nui–a place more commonly known as Easter Island–have been occupying more than two dozen buildings over a land dispute that dates back to 1888. In 1888, the remote island, known around the world for its monumental statues, called Moai, was annexed by a naval Officer, […]
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