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Flashmob Rapanui Style – A 2006 Easter Island Project Moment

Mar 24, 2020

It was a couple of months into our first year on the Island. We had gone into the town's wifi cafe to try and retrieve any email – at the time just doing that could take twenty minutes or more. Then we noticed some Rapanui toting drums, etc. into the street in front and setting up a circle. Within a couple of minutes what looked like a school dance class was giving a pretty complex dance performance as a crowd gathered. This was 2006, tourists were still scarce, especially in winter – we might actually have been the only non Rapanui there.

Even as tourism increased, it proved to be the winter months when the more interesting things happened, designed for local participation – except for Tapati of course. Once again,I didn't have my field camera with me, but took these with one of the point-and-shoots we had with us. After about twenty minutes and a couple of long numbers, they left and everyone went back to whatever they were doing. The shot below shows the musicians who were just off to the right. Mostly we just enjoyed the show.

While we are self-isolating I’m getting caught up on a lot of work, including mining the Easter Island exposures for this series of “moments”. I’ll try to keep them interesting…