Rapa Nui

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Rapa Nu·i


Rapa Nui

(ˈrɑːpɑː ˈnuːɪ)
(Placename) the Polynesian name for Easter Island

Eas′ter Is′land

an island in the S Pacific, ab. 2000 mi. (3180 km) W of and belonging to Chile: gigantic statues. 1867; ab. 45 sq. mi. (117 sq. km). Also called Rapa Nui. Spanish, Isla de Pascua.
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El pueblo Rapa Nui se forma a partir de descendientes de otros habitantes de la Polinesia, quienes alrededor del s.
It will also visit Mauritius, Namibia, Rapa Nui, Tahiti and Samoa to learn about the issues faced by the people of these islands.
While researchers have long puzzled over why the huge statues were placed where they are, a new study says that the people of Rapa Nui, positioned them near sources of fresh water.
In this chapter, Crowe explores the settlement history and cultural heritage of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) through language, traditional song, seabird migration paths, ecological changes, agricultural history, and wayfinding techniques.
Moai are human-faced statues in Rapa Nui, (named Easter Island by colonial powers) famous for its approximately 1,000 carvings.
Tourist stays on the island, believed to have been settled by the Rapa Nui people around the 12th century, were cut to 30 days from 90, after the population - along with the crime rate - doubled in a few decades.
Easter Island, called Rapa Nui in the local language, lies 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile and has long been seen as a mystery.
Easter Island Mayor Pedro Pablo Edmunds Paoa signed the MOU with Lanyu Township Mayor Chiaman Chialamu to cement bilateral cooperation in the development and academic studies of the Rapa Nui and Yami peoples, the indigenous Austronesian peoples living on the two islands.
The stone heads on Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, are as massive as they are mysterious, and researchers have long sought to establish the meaning they held to the isolated people who erected them.
First, the Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area was declared, covering 740,000 square km of the Pacific Ocean--over three times the size of the UK--around the remote Easter Island, with a few allowances for small-scale traditional fishing by indigenous inhabitants.