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A Great Mahute Find

Monday, December 19, 2016

and more picture moments from this year's trip. Our second born just got lucky. We went out one rainy day determined to get her birthday present. The first place we stopped was a little shop run by the Easter Island Foundation. I found this large piece of painted mahute rolled up and lying behind some carvings. We commonly see small, painted four to six inch square pieces for sale for the equivalent of twenty to thirty dollars. This one is eleven by eighteen inches – and I guess because nobody had bothered to mount it yet, didn't have a price on it. Surprisingly we got it within budget. When we got home mounted / framed it 16x24 – using small pieces of linen tape to hang it from the top, with a double thick mat to keep it away from the glass.

I can show it here because she's already seen it, waiting for me to get done with the framing. Nan and I both like to give presents that we would like ourselves – it really adds to the fun. Unfortunately we don't have an artist's name for this – signing work is just beginning to catch on on the island. We've asked about this in the past and were always assured that there was no reason because everyone just knew who did what. Very few of our carvings are signed.

Something we would call "school day" is held every November. It's outdoors with a number of exhibits by the different classes. There's a lot of carving and art. The painting below was hanging on a cord with clothes pins – a night fishing scene. Then there's a quick shot of one of the younger groups performing on the outdoor stage – performances went on all day (notice they use the "tapati" chairs for those who want to sit). In November 2012 I made a series of posts that pretty much cover this day. These postings are now on a PDF for that year, downloadable on my archive page. Click HERE for that particular PDF.

Up the road, along my jogging course, I noticed the beginnings of this a couple of years back. This trip he had two huge carvings erected on one of the platforms – more to follow. We talked to the young fellow creating it. Each large stone platform represents the three corners of the triangle formed by Rapa Nui, New Zealand and Mangareva, the traditional origin of the Rapanui. the huge carvings are magnificent representations of the brother and sister who (traditionally) led the first group of settlers. Although it's progressing faster than I would have thought, it should take decades to complets. Wow, something to watch.

Another fence barrier, this time at the remains of an almost completely destroyed ahyu at the entrance to Hanga Piko. One would have thought that at least this one wouldn't need protection, but a mainland based company was raiding the stones for a nearby construction. More and more archaeological sites have to have barriers set, mostly to prevent abuse by tourists.

A sad parting at the airport: Terry, Dennis, Maruka, Nan, Myself and Petra and a parting shot of the easteri half of the island as the plane banks to turn after take-off.