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September Meeting

History, Culture, and Biologi of Rapa Nui

Presented by Dr. David Lovejoy

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 7 pm

Tolman Auditorium, Springfield Science Museum

Formerly known as Easter Island, Rapa Nui is one of the most isolated islands on Earth. Often used as an example of poor resource management and sometimes invoked as a harbinger of what the human population (currently eight billion) might do to the Earth, the history of the settlement and successful occupation of this small South Pacific island should also be told. Much of the so-called “mystery” of the island’s statues has been explained in recent decades as has its unique culture. Dave and Debbie spent two days on Rapa Nui earlier this year as a part of a cruise from Chile to French Polynesia and will provide a glimpse into this seldom-visited spot.