Horizon - Easter Island The Secrets - [1988-04-11]
Horizon - Easter Island The Story - [1988-04-18]
Easter Island - Saving the Rapanui - Chile
The Rapanui of Easter Island are facing extinction. They claim their colonial masters in Chile aren't doing enough to ensure their survival.
Produced by SBS/Dateline
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures
Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. In recent times the island has served as a warning of the cultural and environmental dangers of exploitation. Ethnographers and archaeologists also blame diseases carried by European sailors and Peruvian slave raiding of the 1860s for devastating the local peoples.