and the Pacific
Island was discovered by Dutchman Captain Jacob Roggeveen in 1722 on Easter
Day. Over 2000 miles from Tahiti and Chile, Easter Islands lies in the
South Pacific and was called "Te Pito O Te Henua", Navel of
the World or Land's End, by its early settlers.
to view a map of Easter Island
Nui is the modern name for Easter Island and is used to refer to the people,
language and culture. Easter Island is famous for several things; the
foremost being the famous Moai statues. Many petroglyphs, wood carvings,
crafts and other cultural items were found on the island. The Rongorongo
script developed by the islanders and deciphered in 1996 by Dr. Steven
Fischer was the only written language in Oceania. What we are most interested
in, though, is their powerful navigational skills.
at Tongariki, showing the ahu and moai in the distance. Photo by Clive