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Collapse vs. Progress: Do people still live on Easter Island? Long

A paper presented at the 2013 Perspectives on Progress Conference held at The University of Queensland
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Dale Simpson Jr.

on 27 November 2013

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Transcript of Collapse vs. Progress: Do people still live on Easter Island? Long

Dale F. Simpson Jr.
Ph.D. Candidate/Centennial Scholar/Outreach Facilitator/
Anthropology Museum Docent - University of Queensland -
School of Social Science (Archaeology)

Instructor - College of DuPage - Department of Anthropology

27 09’ S 109 26’ W
N
2088km
3512km
Salas and
Gómez
Pitcairn
Chile
391km
507m
370m.
163km2
16km.
24km.
16km.
Hanga
Roa
Polynesian Seafarers
RAPA
Marquesas
Tuamotus
Tahiti
Mangareva
Biological DNA (Humans/Animals/Plants)
Language
Navigation/Seafaring
Subsistence
Material Culture
Socio-political organization (Mana/Tapu)
Tatau
String figures
Song and dance (Haka)
Monumental Architecture
9360.7 KM
Easter Island - Rapa Nui
- Te Pito ote Henua
A living culture!
Maururu!
Thank you!
Rapa Nui looks forward!
Tapati & Indigenous Renaissance
LAN Chile Monopoly 1967-Today
Chilean citizenship for RAPANUI!
Civil Rights Movement and the Easter Island Law 16641 1966
Chile and Easter Island Tourism
110 Rapanui in 1877
Creation of the National Park 1935
Education, linguistic nationalism and the silence of Reo Rapanui
Annexation by Chile 1888
Land and a School….
BUT NO RIGHTS!
Law 3.220 1917
Atrocities of the 1800’s
Moai & Ahu
Current Conflict
Email:d.simpson2@uq.edu.au
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Metraux "one of the most hideous atrocities committed by white men in the South Seas"
www.terevaka.net
http://economia.terra.cl/videos/pascuenses-promocionan-turismo-en-francia-con-exoticos-bailes,502656.html
Chilenization 1960-80's
Conflict is a response to ongoing state failures to reduce Chilean migration to the island, to reconstitute hua'ai lands, and to establish real autonomy for Rapa Nui
Do people still live on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Background
A Collapsed
Theory?

Progress
Painting by Hodges 1774
Whalers and kidnappers
Slave raiders
Missionary work
Ecocide or Ethnocide?
Mata’a: Evidence of War?
Easter Island
Earth Island
Drought
Earthquakes
Tsunamis
Typhoons
Tree Disease
Little Ice Age
Volcanism
Cosmological
Environmental Disasters and Events?
Pre-contact Collapse?
Cannibalism
Palaeoecological
Reconstruction
Rats &
population growth
Subsistence
Adaptation
Rongorongo
Movement to S.America
Ana/
Ana kionga
Settlement Pattern Change
Collapse vs. Progress:
310m
Population 5,800 (2012)
60% RN ancestry
49% in Chile
28% in Santiago
Collapse
What does current
evidence Say?
Less than 2% in
osteological record
Plant residue, no blood
Used throughout timeline
Used throughout timeline
Synchronic Time
Diachronic Time
Vs
photo
photo album
The World on Rapa Nui,
Rapanui in the World
Rapanui in
"Friend Cloud"
Hanga Roa
219/1,196
Rapa Nui Network
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