by Guy D Middleton
The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology.
SOURCE: Huffington Post
What really happened to the native Polynesians who once lived on Easter Island?
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Scientists who conducted a genetic study published last week found that these ancient people had significant contact with Native American populations hundreds of years before the first Westerners reached the island in 1722.
SOURCE: BBC News
Two ocean-going canoes have returned to New Zealand after an epic voyage to Easter Island by Polynesian navigators using traditional craft. The revival of ancient skills continues to gather momentum and has great cultural and political significance for the indigenous people of the Pacific.They waded ashore from their canoes through the luminous turquoise water of the lagoon. The captains, festooned with garlands of flowers, led a procession of around 20 men and women, Cook Islanders, Tahitians, New Zealand Maoris and three sailors from Rapanui, better known to most of us as Easter Island.Then the band played, waiting dignitaries made speeches and girls from the High School, still in their uniforms, danced....
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