For those of you attending the ESfO in Cambridge, starting tomorrow in London at the Royal Academy of Art, you might be interested in two documentaries I am showing that approach different aspects of Rapanui, as the people of Easter Island call themselves, their language and their homeland. "Rapa Nui" is the Chilean way of rendering the placename. "Rapanui is more in keeping with Maaori places in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
The first documentary is ""The spirits of the Ancestors/Te Kuhane o te Tupuna", that premiered in 2015 and has been screened at a number of festivals and other venues. Made by Leonardo Pakarati, it revolves around the recent request by Rapanui for the return of "Hoa Hakananaia" from the British Museum that appeared in recent press:
I got in touch with Leo too late to get a showing as part of the actual PHA or ESfO programmes,
Dr Wonu Veys has agreed to provide a response to "Te Kuhane". Dr Veys is Curator Oceania at the National Museum of World Cultures, The Netherlands, president of the Pacific Arts Association Europe and has been a research fellow at the Musée du quai Branly and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York..
The organisers of ESfO kindly cleared a space for "Te Kuhane" on Saturday 8 December at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3DZ starting at 1730 (5.30pm), to finish at 1900 (7pm) just in time for the drinks reception at the same place.
The second film, "Eating Up Easter", premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival on 9 November 2018, sold out, with additional screenings in Honolulu:
"Eating Up Easter" is made by Sergio Mata'u Rapu and surveys Rapanui today through the problem of waste, highlighting the dedicated work of the late "Mama Piru" in fostering cleanups and recycling as well as others concerned for the environment up their island home. For example, after providing a unique history of the island a music school built from waste is explored. Tourism is vital to the Island's economy, but comes at a cost.
The requirements for the screening of "Eating Up Easter" are rather more restricted than for "Te Kuhane". It will take place at the British Museum and is limited strictly to 15 persons as the room available is small. The screening of "Eating Up Easter" is around noon on Wednesday 12 December.
Please write to me directly to book your place amongst the 15 and I will advise the details of where and when to meet at the Museum. I am grateful to the BM for providing this facility at such short notice.
Early Pacific Migration and Easter Island
11 November to 16 November 2018
23rd PHA Conference - "The Gift of the Pacific: Place & perspective in Pacific History"
2 December to 5 December 2018
12th ESFO Conference - "Dealing with Inequality: Pacific perspectives, Pacific futures"
7 December to 10 December 2018
Conference Convenor: Nicholas Thomas, U Cambridge
Islands of the World XVII - Newfoundland
Nissology: "The study of islands on their own terms". (McCall 1992; 1993)