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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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Performing Culture

Performing Culture

(p.145) Chapter 5 Performing Culture
Articulating Rapa Nui

Riet Delsing

University of Hawai'i Press

Various manifestations of cultural revival are discussed: traditional forms of Rapanui material culture such as sculpting in wood and stone, body decorations in the form of takona (body painting) and tattooing, and the manufacturing and painting of mahute (barkcloth). Other art forms are related to the performing arts, such as the making of string figures (kai kai) accompanied by recitations and various music and dance groups. Special attention is paid to the historical development of woodcarving, takona, tattooing and kai kai. A couple of cultural organizations were created in the early 1990s with cultural revitalization as their principal goal. A description of the yearly festival Tapati Rapanui is next, showing its cultural, social and economic importance. The emphasis in this chapter is thus on present day cultural manifestations (la cultura viva), but it also shows how traditional cultural manifestations (the construction of moai and the taŋata manu-birdman cult), for which Rapa Nui has become world famous, are integrated into these current cultural manifestations.

Keywords:   culture, performative culture, festival, woodcarving, mahute, kai kai, takona, moai, Tapati Rapanui

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