Saturday, 5 March 2016

MIGRATION: Easter Island - how they came

IMG: Google Maps
It's said that early settlers came to Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) from the Marquesas. The dating is very vague:  as early as 300-400 CE, when some think (1) Hawaii was also first colonised, but possibly as late as 1200 CE - which would tie in with recent research suggesting the later time for New Zealand and Hawai'i (2).

The most ancient depiction of the Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe is found at Easter Island/Rapa Nui, scratched into rock at Orongo (3).

IMG: Herb Kawainui Kāne

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Easter_Island#First_settlers

(2) http://pvs.kcc.hawaii.edu/ike/moolelo/discovery_and_settlement.html

(3) http://pvs.kcc.hawaii.edu/ike/kalai_waa/kane_search_voyaging_canoe.html

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