Photographer's Note

The people in Easter Island (Isla de Pascua) have a tough history behind them.

The original Pascuan society, in the frenzy to build the tallest and nicest moais, consumed all the trees on the island as those were used as logs that they put under the moais to roll them sometimes for 20 km.

With no trees left, the birds left the island, no more ships could be built to go fishing, and the society turned to chaos and cannibalism.

Later on, the Peruvians came and captured the whole population to use them as slaves to collect guano, bird poop used as a fertilizer. When Peru reacted to the international communities' reactions, it is already too late. 80% of the population has already died in the mines. Of the few hundreds that are left, only fifteen will survive the small pocks on the boat home, and they will transmit the disease to the rest of the island. In 1864, out of the 5000 Pascuans, only a few hundreds are left.

The island then goes under different British and Chilean tyranny, that slave the population and use their land to grow sheep.

Only in 1966 will Pascuans get the right to vote...

This little boy would come to my host's house everyday with his mother. I'm not sure what my host did all day but he was surely in a good mood in the morning and his eyes were a bit too red! ;-)

MeAT :)

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