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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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The Polynesian Homeland

The Polynesian Homeland

A Sea of Islands

(p.191) Chapter 8 The Polynesian Homeland
Articulating Rapa Nui

Riet Delsing

University of Hawai'i Press

Since the 1990s, Rapanui cultural revival takes place in the context of regional (Polynesian) cultural revival. I first describe the participation of Rapa Nui in the Polynesian language conferences organized by the Polynesian Language Forum between 1991 and 2003. Its fourteen members discussed issues like teaching methods, vocabularies and contacts with respective states. In 2000 the conference was held on Rapa Nui. Another gathering in which Rapanui participate with great enthusiasm is the Festival of Pacific Arts, hosted every four years by a different country since 1972. Rapa Nui was in charge of the opening ceremony in 2008. This is followed by a case study of the visit of Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule’a to Rapa Nui in 1999, in the context of the revival of Polynesian voyaging. I offer a detailed account of the visit of Hokule’a and a host of Hawaiian visitors to the island. Many cultural and socio-political exchanges took place between Rapanui and Hawaiians during this event.

Keywords:   revival, Polynesian language conference, festival of Pacific Arts, Rapa Nui, Hawaii, voyaging, Hokule’a

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