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Articulating Rapa NuiPolynesian Cultural Politics in a Latin American Nation-State$
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Riet Delsing

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851682

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851682.001.0001

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Rapanui Appropriations and Resistance

Rapanui Appropriations and Resistance

(p.129) Chapter 4 Rapanui Appropriations and Resistance
Articulating Rapa Nui

Riet Delsing

University of Hawai'i Press

In the first chapter of the second part of this book entitled “Polynesian cultural politics and global imaginaries”, Rapanui resistance against the Chilean state is explored, first through a Rapanui organization called the Parlamento Rapanui, constituted in 2001 and mirrored after Chilean state institutions (Parliament, Ministries etc.). The creation of the Parlamento shows how some Rapanui are solidifying their thrust for autonomy and self-determination. I describe the circumstances around its creation and its policies and actions on the island, in Polynesia and elsewhere. This is followed by a description of a few isolated acts of performed resistance, which can be characterized as bodily statements of discontent. I show how the Rapanui protest against various Chilean impositions in their daily lives and how the Chilean state and its institutions react to these acts of protest. This chapter serves as a transition to the following chapters in that it demonstrates how some Rapanui take the nation-state as their referent while simultaneously reaching across to other realms, other Polynesians and other ways of being in the world.

Keywords:   Parlamento Rapanui, Rapa Nui, Chile, Polynesia, resistance, performance, institutions, self-determination

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