POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY

Hokule´a arriving to Hanga Piko, the port of Hanga Roa.

HOKULE´A..., Polinesian sail to Rapa Nui in modern times "Sail of the Century", on Hawaii´s news paper, "Star Bulletin" ....".The Hokule'a, Hawaii's first traditional voyaging canoe and symbol of native Hawaiian resurgence, is setting sail for Rapa Nui (Easter Island). This last sail of the century will complete the triangle of ancient migration routes the Hawaiians have retraced through the Pacific. It also ends on shores with a tragic history, perhaps most in need of spiritual guidance and restoring Polynesian pride.

Hokulea´s captain, Nainoa Thompson, welcomed by German Hotu, elder brother of Alberto Hotu, president of the Elder´s council of Rapa Nui. German is accompanied by Lina, one of his eight dothers.

Ancient sailings to Rapa Nui

Ben Finney says..."That Rapa Nui lies to windward, with respect to the easterly trade winds, of the rest of Polynesia would seem to compound this difficulty immensely. Polynesian canoes can tack to windward, but it is a long, slow process as almost four miles has to be sailed obliquely to the wind to make one mile directly to windward, a ratio that increases greatly when also sailing against a strong current (Finney 1985:10). A crossing from Pitcairn to Rapa Nui made directly against the southeast trades and accompanying currents would therefore require a canoe to sail over 4,000 miles..."

Hokule'a Log: Voyage to Rap Nui

By Sam Low
Nainoa Thompson: "We cannot just be talking about and reading about our cultural revival we have to live it. We have to practice it. As we voyage we are creating new stories within the tradition of the old stories, we are literally creating a new culture out of the old."

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Naufragio de la Matarangui

Notas del aventurero español Kittin Muñoz durante su fracasada travesia en una balsa de totora que zarpó desde rapa Nui con destino a Polinesica central. y publicación de posterior demanda de sus marineros pascuenses

The "Matarangui" leaving Anakena Beach to a disaster.

L'expédition de Lapérouse

Deux navires, la Boussole et l’Astrolabe partent de Brest le 1er août 1785 pour un périple estimé à trois ans. Les résultats de l'expédition furent connus à chaque escale. Le 6 novembre il parvient au Brésil puis le 24 février 1786 au Chili et ensuite à l'île de Pâques, puis Hawaï le 30 mai 1786

Monsieur de La Pérouse Son unique périple vers l’Océanie l’a rendu mondialement et tragiquement célèbre par la disparition en 1788 des deux navires placés sous son commandement, L’Astrolabe et la Boussole sur les récifs de Vanikoro dans l’archipel des Salomon.

Jean-François de Galaup de Lapérouse Commence alors l'extraordinaire aventure de cet Albigeois qui pendant sa scolarité à Brest, se voit engagé dès l'âge de 17 ans dans des conflits maritimes avec l'Angleterre sur les côtes Nord Est de l'Amérique.

la mission au comte de La Pérouse

Il paraît être le seul élu à affronter les dangers d'une longue navigation dans des mers inconnues et au milieu de pays, d'îles habitées par des "barbares "

La Pérousse il reconnut la côte occidentale de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, de l'île de Bougainville, et près de 1300 kil. de côtes dans la partie sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Hollande ( l'Australie ), et explora sur la côte S.E. de la Tasmanie, un canal auquel il laissa son nom. Il mourut en mer en 1793 (du scorbut) près de l'île de Java. M. de Rossel, qui faisait partie de l'expédition en qualité de capitaine de pavillon, en a publié une relation fort intéressante, sous le titre de Voyage à la recherche de Lapérousse...

Heyerdahl information regarding the research and writings of Thor Heyerdahl including a bibliography of scientific and popular works.

The life of Heyerdahl The life and legacy of an explorer, scholar and world citizen. by: Donald P. Ryan

50 year retrospective of the Kon-Tiki Expedition
On August 7,1947, a strange vessel crashed on the coral reefs of the Raroia atoll in the Tuamotu Islands. Its tanned and weather-beaten crew of six Scandinavians survived the experience and cheerfully planted a souvenir from the source of their journey, a coconut palm carried on board their vessel from South America.

A la poursuite du Kon Tiki

Mercator Océan est partenaire technique du nouveau défi que vient de se lancer Maud Fontenoy : la taversée du Pacifique à la rame. Partie le 12 janvier 2005 de Lima, au Pérou, la navigatrice devrait ramer jusqu'au mois de mai avant de toucher le paradis polynésien

Heyerdahl and wife, and Carlos Paoa, on his last visit to the Island, on 1998

PERU AND RAPANUI

Yuri Kuchinski´s web page is based on EASTER ISLAND: THE MYSTERY SOLVED, by Thor Heyerdahl, Random House, NY, 1989.

 

Biographie de Pierre Loti (1850-1923)

 

Le cent-cinquantenaire de la naissance de pierre Loti #

Après une très longue période d'oubli et même de mépris pendant la première moitié du XXe siècle, qu'officialisa l'expéditive et cruelle exécution d'André Breton dans "Refus d'inhumer" en 1924 ("Loti, Barrès, France, marquons tout de même d'un beau signe blanc l'année qui coucha ces trois sinistres bonhommes : l'idiot, le traître et le policier"), Pierre Loti, officier de marine et romancier, turcophile et académicien, homme de toutes les amours et de tous les pays, aussi moqué que célébrissime de son vivant, retrouve peu à peu la place et le public qu'il mérite dans la littérature française.

Réception de M. Pierre Loti

Son discours de récepcion á la Académie Francais, prononcé dans la séance publique, le jeudi 1 avril 1892, Paris Palais de l´Institute-

Monsieurs : J'étais loin de France, naviguant sur un des cuirassés de l'escadre et arrivé de la veille au port d'Alger, le jour où votre compagnie, Messieurs, me fit le grand honneur inattendu de me donner ici la place vide qu'Octave Feuillet avait laissée.

Cordell Expedition

The 1995 Cordell Expedition to Easter Island and Salas y Gomez is a multipurpose, multidisciplinary project involving natural science, amateur radio, archaeology, and state-of-the-art computer-based communications. A major goal is to implement new techniques for using available high technology to enhance communications from remote sites, to document and monitor natural resources, and to preserve and protect our cultural heritage

 

VI Conferencia Internacional Rapa Nui y el Pacifico (English / Español) Resumenes de papers presentados en las 13 sesiones de Conferencia Internacional efectuada en Viña del Mar, Chile

Leycester University -England images of sites from Clive Ruggles' on-line image resource.

PUBLICACIONES CENTRO ESTUDIOS ISLA DE PASCUA, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE (English/ Español) Resúmenes de trabajos de investigadoresasociados al Instituto.

Centro Estudios Isla de Pascua la Universidad de Chile da un nuevo impulso a su quehacer en Isla de Pascua, destinando a los antropólogos y arqueólogos Patricia Vargas Casanova y Claudio Cristino Ferrando en forma permanente a la isla, con la finalidad de garantizar la necesaria especialización de profesionales nacionales para asegurar la continuidad del programa de investigación y preservación del patrimonio arqueológico - cultural de Isla de Pascua y promover la diversificación progresiva de la investigación científica

OREGON UNIVERSITY Adze Studies in the Pacific. stone tools represent one of the most commonly preserved stylized artifacts in Polynesian sites

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII Questions on migrations to Rapa Nui by Barnes, Matisoo-Smith, and Hunt, starting from ancient DNA from nine archaeological specimen excavated in Anakena Beach.

Introduction to Pacific Islands Archaeology by Patrick V. Kirch.(University of California, Berkeley) ...Prehistorians now stress the division between Near Oceania in the west (including the Bismarck Archipelago and the Solomon Islands), and Remote Oceania (which includes all of island Melanesia southeast of the Solomons, along with Polynesia and Micronesia). This latter distinction recognizes the Pleistocene settlement of Near Oceania, whereas the widely dispersed islands of Remote Oceania were discovered and settled only within the past 4,000 years...".

 

 

 

 
 

SMALL ISLANDS VOICE Global forum on articles over diferent issues concerning the islands

SOUTH PACIFIC ORGANIZER A mini travel guide to Easter Island , outpost of Polynesia, by travel writer David Stanley.

 

Escritura Rongo Rongo María del Carmen Doyharzábal, inicia su paper señalando que la primera noticia que se tiene acerca de la existencia de la escritura jeroglífica de la Isla de Pascua data de fines del año 1864, y corresponde a un fragmento de pormenorizado relato de su labor en la isla que el Hermano Eugene Eyraud elevó al Superior General de la Congregación de los Sagrados Corazones a poco que hubo regresado a Valparaíso (Chile).

Barthel´s Rongo Rongo Thomas Barthel 1923 / 1997 - Cet éminent ethnologue publie en 1952 une thèse sur l'écriture Maya et s'intéresse à partir de 1953 à l'écriture rongorongo.
Il collabore avec les Universités du Chili mais reste attaché à l'Université de Tünbinguen à laquelle il laissera tous ses travaux sur l'Île de Pâques.
Il visite les différents musées propriétaires des tablettes et relève les tracés à l'aide de papier calque et crayons pour établir son répertoire.
Les relevés de Thomas Barthel font actuellement l'objet de vérifications par un groupe de travail du CEIPP (Centre d'Études de l'Îles de Pâques et de la Polynésie)

Reading Rongo Rongo with Steven Roger Fisher

during my own intensive investigation of the Easter Islandscript -- one that has involved examining nearly every rongorongo inscription in situ and completing the first comprehensive documentation of the entire rongorongo phenomenon -- the script's "Rosetta Stone" hove into sight. This was the "Santiago Staff," a wooden sceptre measuring almost five feet in length and weighing nearly five pounds that had been obtained by the Chilean navy on a historic visit to Rapanui in 1870. Displaying approximately 2,320 incised glyphs the "Santiago Staff" is the longest rongorongo inscription that survives.
Rjabchikov and Rongo Rongo

The Sergei Rjabchikov Foundation. The signs (glyphs) of the Easter Island writing is offered on the World Wide Web.

Ancient Scripts The aim of Ancient Scripts is not to replace texts books or instructional web sites. Instead, it is designed to give an introduction to writing systems, which hopefully will tantalize the reader into searching for more information on the web or in books and publications

Our ko hau rongorongo are lost The tablets of Easter Island have never been deciphered. There are so few left that they may never be. Scholars do not even agree about the nature of the writing on them. Some even say that it is not writing at all. On this site you will find all the elements you need if you ever want to try your hand at deciphering them. But heed Father Sebastian Englert's warning:


The Easter Island Tablets links to the Rongo Rongo writing, including Bishop Jaussen list

Rongo Rongo Pictures fotos y dibujos de 14 tablillas

Diccionario Rapa Nui (English- Español)

The Dream at the End of the World

New York Times writter travels to the the Island and gives tips to feel the place. As he neared his 78th birthday, an award-winning playwright marked the occasion with a trip to the remote outpost of Easter Island, a journey nearly 50 years in the making.

 

Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island, METEI

The accounts of the Medical Expedition to Easter Island are taken from transcripts prepared by Dr. Stanley Skoryna as well as Commander Law. I also have newspaper clippings from across Canada in regards to the Expedition which I will enclose on the site for those who want to read them

Dr. Stanley Constantine Skoryn

Died peacefully in the arms of his loving wife at St. Mary's Hospital in his eighty-second year. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Dr. Skoryna completed his medical studies and Ph.D. at the University of Vienna. He came to Canada in 1947

METEI, Preliminary report

The information submitted in the following pages constitutes a preliminary report on the Medical Expedition to Easter Island. As it will be apparent to readers of this report the advances in technological sciences have made it possible for the first time to construct modern laboratory facilities and conduct detailed medical investigation in an isolated community. For this fact we are greatly indebted to the Department of National Defense in general and HMCS CAPE SCOTT and Commander C. Anthony Law in particular

Indicateurs de stress d´anciente Pascuans

Colloques du Groupement des Anthropologistes de Langue Française (GALF)Polet, C., 2006, Indicateurs de stress dans un échantillon d'anciens Pascuans. Nous avons étudié deux indicateurs de stress (l'hypoplasie de l'émail dentaire et les cribra orbitalia ) dans un échantillon de 125 Pascuans appartenant aux collections du Musée Anthropologique Sebastián Englert (Chili, île de Pâques). Ces individus datent majoritairement du 17 ème au 19 ème siècle de notre ère

Rapamycine

La rapamycine (sirolimus) est un antibiotique naturel de la classe des macrolides, produit par Streptomyces hygroscopicus , un micro-organisme découvert dans le sol de l'Île de Pâques ( rapa nui en polynésien). R.Gallo et al. [18] ont montré que des injections systémiques de rapamycine diminuent d'environ 50% l'hyperplasie intimale des coronaires de porc après une angioplastie au ballonnet.

 

Le ciel polynésien

Selon nos recherches, il apparaît un certain nombre de constellations aux représentations très spécifiques à la tradition polynésienne : pirogue, hameçon, requin, oiseau … Ce qui est le plus caractéristique des étoiles polynésiennes c'est bien la nature de leur identification, car la plupart des étoiles ou des constellations regroupant plusieurs étoiles sont identifiées aux outils de pêche et de navigation (filet, hameçon, pirogue), aux poissons (le motif le plus fréquent est le requin) ou aux oiseaux. Moko roa i ata ou Mako roa (Rarotonga) désigne la Voie Lactée et un poisson qui insulta Tangaroa qui le tua et le projeta dans le ciel.

 

An Archeoastronomical Investigation: Does a Constellation Pattern Appear in Rapanui Rock Art?

Thomas Hockey, Professor of Astronomy. University of Northern Iowa / Alice Hoffman, PE Hoffman Management Partners, LLC

The archeoastronomy of Rapa Nui largely has dealt with the "astronomical orientations" (= alignments) of ahu ( i. e. , the seminal work summarized by Liller, 1989). This is in keeping with the modern tradition of archeoastronomy that began with analyses of megalithic stone circles in Western Europe ( e. g. , Stonehenge). (See Ruggles, 1999 for a detailed history of archeoastronomy.) Here, we wish to discuss the possible "symbolic representation of celestial objects" in rock art, a task pioneered in the American Southwest by scholars such as Von del Chamberlain, Steve McCluskey, and Ray Williamson

 

OBJETS CELESTES REMARQUABLES DE L'HEMISPERE AUSTRAL
Association ProScience – Te turu ‘ihi . Tahiti, fondée le 7 février 1992 a pour la promotion et le développement de la science et de la technologie en Polynésie Française.

 
 

Miki Makihara (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY ...Rapa Nui Miki Makihara (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY ... (PDF) Rapa Nui is the locally preferred name, used since the 19th The Rapa Nui have been considered culturally and linguistically Polynesian ...

 

Archaelogical Database students working on Easter Island as part of a CSULB field expedition. 

 

JANE'S EASTER ISLAND HOME PAGE The island goes cold and dark, and except for dogs barking and the sound of the wind in the low bushes, there is silence.

 

 

 
 

AHU TONGARIKI´S RECONSTRUCTION Japanese web site on Rapa Nuis main archaeological restoration

NOVA PROJET, MOAI TRANSPORT

 

The "Walking" Moai of Easter Island The first empiric experiments in carving and maneuvering Easter Island monolithic statues ( moai ) were conducted by the Norwegian Archaeological Expedition in 1955-56. When Heyerdahl and Skjølsvold in 1985 announced their plans to return to Easter Island to conduct more field work, they received a letter from a Checkoslovakian engineer, Pavel Pavel.

 

UNESCO PROJECT

Chilean newspaper "El Mercurio" publish a report based on archaelogist JM Ramirez, who headedconservation project in the island.

 

Easter Island, statue Project (English / Español)

Various publications of Jo Anne Van Tilburg, who begun in 1982 the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP), an archaeological survey and inventory designed to locate, document and classify every monolithic and portable stone sculpture in archaeological context on Rapa Nui.

How statues were moved

Geology Professor Charlie Love of Western Wyoming Community College, with a crew of 17 students, archaeologists, and islanders, spent much of the past summer working on Easter Island after receiving an EPSCoR grant (from the U.S. Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). They cleared and excavated sections of roads along which the ancient islanders moved the multi-ton figures.

Sam Low´s tour with S.Rapu Long before presenting its a theory for the moai walk, the american archaeologist had a walk around with native archaelogist Sergio Rapu.

The mystery of the "walking" statues

Steven Hunt´s article for Discovery Channel on October 12, 1999, begun saying "one of the astonishing facts about the stone statues or moai of Easter Island is that 95 per cent of them all came from the same quarry, known as Rano Raraku..."

Archaelogical Connection Peru/Rapa Nui Øystein Kock Johansen, presents the results of new archaeological excavations in Peru, which should influence the interpretation of Easter Island prehistory. These two subjects may seem diverse. However, they are not. On the contrary, they are closely connected.

Ahu orongo excavations

Au début de l'année 2001, les Musées royaux d'art et d'histoire ont donc décidé d'envoyer à Ahu o Rongo une équipe chargée de retrouver un maximum d'éléments qui permettraient de reconstituer l'histoire de Pou Hakanononga. Les archéologues belges

Karen discovers Rapa Nui

The experience of a volunteer on Chris Stevenson's Earthwatch project will continue in the 2000-2001 season.

 
         
 

Adze Studies in the Pacific

Stone tools represent one of the most commonly preserved stylized artifacts in Polynesian sites, and adzes in particular have been used since the turn of the century to assess relationships among island settlements. Initially typological in nature (Duff 1959; Figueroa and Sanchez 1965; Emory 1968), these studies have increasingly looked at the process of stone tool manufacture, especially for adzes (Leach and Leach 1980; Leach and Witter 1987, McCoy 1990), and at the petrographic and chemical characteristics of the stone itself as markers of resource use patterns (Cleghorn et al . 1985; Ayres and Beardsley 1988; Ayres et al . 1997; Weisler 1990, 1993, 1997; Beardsley et al . 1991, 1996; n.d.; Lass 1994). Finished tools as well as the various byproducts of their manufacture all represent important indicators of the procurement and distribution systems of interest toarchaeologists.

Laboratoires de Rechercher

conservation et des restaurations des collections des plus grand etablessiments. Document PDF

Petroglifos de Rapa Nui

Algunos dibujos, imágenes y textos referentes a 6 sitios arqueologicos de Rapa Nui,de un total de 21, incluídos en Proyecto de título de Diseño Gráfico alumna Melinka Cuadros Hucke, perteneciente a la Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de laUniversidad Católica de Valparaíso, PUCV.

   
         
 

Toromiro Management Group

Sophora toromiro once formed part of the natural vegetation of the Pacific island, Rapa Nui (Easter Island). It is now extinct in the wild. The Toromiro Management Group is committed to the conservation of the sacred Toromiro tree through its reintroduction as a viable element of the ecology and culture of Rapa Nui."