Rediscovering Easter Island: How History Is Invented

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Discusses the many visits made by explorers, missionaries, businessmen, scientists, and others to Easter Island since the late 1600s and what they revealed about life on this remote Pacific island.

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Grade 5 & Up--The story of this mysterious island is documented in this attractive, lively volume. Recorded history is related chronologically in eight chapters. Various theories surrounding the origins of the Easter Islanders, including Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition, are described. Beautiful full-color photographs of the stone statues and artifacts are interwoven with the text, along with historical photographs, illustrations, and a map. Four special inserts, designed to resemble parchment, highlight the legend of how people came to the island, the art of tattooing, the Cult of the Birdman, and the battle of Poike Ditch. Pelta describes her research methodology at the end of the book, listing her sources that include many primary documents. She includes an appropriate quote by missionary Father Sebastian Englert: "Development of knowledge-consists of the constant correction of errors-and when the subject is enigmatic Easter Island, no man's knowledge is complete or secure." Two pages of notes referring readers to bibliographic sources are appended. This book is a welcome addition when compared to Caroline Arnold's much briefer treatment in Easter Island: Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic Past (Clarion, 2000; o.p.).

Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY

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