What the Heritage of Rapa Nui Means to Local People

"The Moai and everything that has been around the island is more than our heritage, it is each one of us"

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A Moai Looking Out Over the Rapa Nui Landscape (2019-01) by CyArkCyArk

Hana Henriet Hucke
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Henriet Paoa Hucke, local resident: “To know your identity, you wake up where it is supposed to be your home. And our home is the island.”

Merahi EtmuCyArk

Merahi Edmunds, local student: “They are important because apart from being a physical record our culture, it is a way of remembering our culture..."

Henriet Paoa HuckeCyArk

"...The Moai and everything that has been around the island is more than our heritage, it is each one of us. Every stone of a pipi horeko is each one of us. Each of them live in us. It would be sad to lose more things than we have already lost."

LiDAR Obtaining Data of Ahu Nau Nau in Rapa Nui (2019-01) by CyArkCyArk

Merahi Etmu
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"...It is part of who we are." 

Daniela MarchantCyArk

Daniela Marchant: “I am interested in this being maintained so that my son in the future can have access to know these sites that represent his culture.”

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Professor Jane Downes, ICOMOS Working Group on Cultural Heritage and Climate Change, and Archaeology Institute Director, University of the Highlands and Islands UK.  

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