Easter Island - The Statues and Rock Art of Rapa Nui
Easter Island presents us with a model of the human spirit. The initial endeavour of migration and protohistoric ocean voyaging is remarkable in itself. The urge to explore and colonise has taken a small group of people to one of the remotest parts of the world, but one which they came to refer to as the ‘navel of the world’. The model demonstrates the ability to establish a religious framework which binded the society. However, the artistic endeavours on Easter Island infact throw light on the changing socio-economic conditions and on the changing balance of power.
Moreover, this same model reveals another facet of the human spirit - greed, for a consumer society to be blinded by a given situation, and to practice rituals at the expense of its resources.
In 1995 the Chairman of the Bradshaw Foundation, Damon de Laszlo, and John Robinson, joined Doctor Georgia Lee on Easter Island to witness the surviving culture of Rapa Nui, in the remarkable setting of its powerful landscape and artistic legacy. During the first week of February every year the residents of Rapa Nui celebrate this culture with traditional dances, costumes and competitions.
Easter Island Photographs
|'Pukao' Red Hats or Topknots||Easter Island Landscape||Ahu Ceremonial Shrine|
|Tahai Ceremonial Site||Carved backs of the Moai||Ahu Tongariki|
|Rano Kau Crater||Islet of Motu Nui||Hillside at Rano Kau|
|Ana Kai Tangata||Anakena||Ahu Akiva|
→ Easter Island Introduction
→ Sentinels in Stone - Rise & Fall of Easter Island's Culture | Page | 1 | 2 | 3 |
→ The Rock Art of Easter Island
→ The Birdman Cult / Motif of Easter Island
→ Sea & Marine Creatures in Easter Island Rock Art
→ Designs & Motifs of Easter Island's Rock Petroglyph Carvings
→ Dr Georgia Lee - Publications on Easter Island
→ Moai Location Map & Islanders
→ Contemporary Easter Island Art
→ Easter Island Glossary
→ Easter Island Conclusion