The second day a man died--an Easter Islander
, one of the best divers that season in the lagoon.
While Haun's research into the evolution of exploration, conquer and travel writing is in itself absorbing, Inventing Easter Island takes the reader through the tragic history of Easter Island from where the first 'colonial' Polynesian Easter Islander
settlers came from, through a catastrophic post-contact history of 'killing, enslaving, or pushing aside the inhabitants to secure those lands and their wealth for European empire', while 'writing over the space and culture' of the Rapanui.
While we struggle to describe "borrowing items from a pal's house one by one until none are left", an Easter Islander
would say tingo.
Meanwhile, let's say that it's the cow burping, in fact we must be as backward as the ancient Easter Islanders
who cut their trees down to roll megaliths around, not realising it would be the end of their race.
The fate of the Easter Islanders
illustrates the world's current problem.
Like the Easter Islanders
of the past, we are setting ourselves up for self-annihilation.
Yet we latter-day Easter Islanders
seem unaware of this existential threat, preferring to build statues rather than sustainable systems for survival.
It's like Easter Islanders
, after centuries of perfect isolation on their remote volcanic nub, seeing that first Dutch ship on the horizon on Easter Sunday, 1722.
Jared Diamond in his seminal classic "Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed" asks this poignant question "what were Easter Islanders
saying as they cut down the last tree on their island?" Easter Island civilization which survived for centuries collapsed, ending in cannibalism, just like several other civilization that collapsed similarly.
Sharpened stones previously viewed as spearpoints wielded by warring Easter Islanders
actually served as general-purpose tools, researchers say.
The Easter Islanders
used several different techniques and instruments for their fishing activities.
Among the most compelling: an examination of Rwanda's genocide; a look at the collapses in the various Mayan societies; and, most riveting of all, an examination of the complete collapse of Easter Island society prior to the sustained interaction of Easter Islanders
with Europeans, a collapse that included the utter destruction of the island's environment, and a descent into famine and cannibalism.