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Articulating Rapa Nui: Polynesian Cultural Politics in a Latin American Nation-State

Riet Delsing


This ethnography examines the colonization of the Pacific island of Rapa Nui/Easter Island by the Latin American country of Chile. It also discusses the Rapanui people’s growing emphasis on cultural difference. The first part, entitled “Challenging the nation-state”, gives an historical account of Chile’s political relationship with the island, from the moment of annexation in 1888 up to the present day. In the second part, “Polynesian cultural politics and global imaginaries”, I describe various contemporary forms of cultural politics. To express their difference, the Rapanui are increasingly ... More

Keywords: Colonization, Rapa Nui, Chile, nation-state, cultural politics, self-determination, sovereignty, Polynesia, performance, language, land and territory, tourism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824851682
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824851682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Riet Delsing, author