Latest Rapa Nui Stories
The decline of the Rapa Nui culture predated the arrival of Europeans on Easter Island in 1722, indicating those explorers were not the catalyst that led to their demise, according to new research appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
For centuries, magnificent stone structures, known as Moai, have stood at attention, seemingly guarding one of the world’s most remote islands--Polynesia’s Easter Island--from the unknown.
Experts have put forth new theories as to how Rapa Nui's legendary stone statues were put into place, as well has what may have caused the downfall of the lush forests once found on Easter Island.
- A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.