Easter Island — Rapa Nui
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Island to Island
It is a certainty that Pacific Islanders reached the Americas at least once, and it is possible that Amerindians may have entered the Pacific. How influential were the two groups and varied cultures to each other? There are many similarities in not just agricultural techniques, but also artworks and perhaps religion.
Orejón de Isla de Pascua
Depicted is a pre-Polynesian inhabitant of Easter Island. This mysterious people probably sailed from the east at least 500 years before Polynesian settlers arrived from the west. They were named ‘Hanau Epe’ by the newcomers (Long-Ears in English and Orejones in Spanish) as they would bore their earlobes and stretch them. The Hanau Epe were master stonemasons and aristocratic. The majority were exterminated after a war with the Polynesians. The survivors were absorbed into Rapa Nui society.