Understanding Easter Island with James Grant-Peterkin

Understanding Easter Island with James Grant-Peterkin


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Discover the history of one of the world's most mysterious places.

Hidden in a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world. Famous for its large stone statues, or moai, the island has been intriguing foreign visitors ever since it was first sighted by outsiders on Easter Sunday 1722, and now attracts a steady stream of adventurous tourists, keen to experience and understand this mysterious place for themselves.

Who carved these enormous statues? Why are they only found on this one small island, and most importantly, what do they really mean?

James Grant-Peterkin will lead you on a historical journey from the island’s settlement by Polynesians right up to the modern-day, covering everything from the origins of the famous statues to the issues facing this isolated population today. He will also elaborate on what it’s really like to live on such a remote island in the twenty-first Century, and hopefully inspire you to visit this mysterious island yourself.

James Grant-Peterkin is a graduate of Cambridge University and is the British Honorary Consul on Easter Island. He has been studying Polynesian culture, linguistics, and archaeology for over 20 years, most of those while living on Easter Island itself, and is the author of the guidebook “A Companion to Easter Island”. He has lectured extensively on Eastern Polynesia, both on cruise ships and at educational institutions worldwide.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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