The Easter Island was one of my favorite places to read about as a child and young adult. I was fascinated by the culture, the mystery and the Moai giants. The books by Thor Heyerdahl, 1914-2002 – Kon Tiki and Aku Aku became my bedtime mates. I have read them many times in 2 languages by now.
In this piece I tried to capture all that I remember in my imagination as a child. I never visited this island, although one day I hope to make there…
Elements used in this production:
Photography all @ Flickr.com: Louis Vest/OneEighteen; Steven Wagner/Stevesheriw; Leo Bar
HDR and Art: Leo Bar
Music: Maya by DJanswer
Mata-ki-Te-rangi, means “Eyes looking to the sky.”
Easter Island – Rapa Nui:
Rapa Nui, (Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian triangle. A special territory of Chile annexed in 1888, Easter Island is widely famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called Moai created by the early Rapanui people. It is a World Heritage Site (as determined by UNESCO) with much of the island protected within the Rapa Nui National Park.
In recent times the island has served as a cautionary tale about the cultural and environmental dangers of overexploitation. Ethnographers and archaeologists now argue that the introduction of diseases carried by European colonizers and the slave raiding, that devastated the population in the 1800s had a much greater social than environmental impact. Introduced animals—first rats and then sheep—were largely responsible for the island’s loss of native flora.