New PDF release: Articulating Rapa Nui: Polynesian Cultural Politics in a

By Riet Delsing

during this groundbreaking learn, Riet Delsing narrates the colonization of the Pacific island of Rapa Nui and its indigenous population. The annexation of the island by means of Chile, within the heydays of global imperialism, areas the small Latin American state in a special place within the heritage of worldwide colonialism. The research of this ongoing colonization strategy constitutes a “missing hyperlink” in Pacific Islands experiences and allows destiny comparisons with different colonial adventures within the Pacific by means of the us (Hawai`i, American Samoa), France (Tahiti), and New Zealand (Maori and cook dinner Islands).

The first a part of the publication surveys the background of the Chile–Rapa Nui courting from its starting within the Eighteen Eighties until eventually the current. Delsing delineates the Rapanui people’s service provider in addition to their cultural common sense, displaying their resilience and should to stay Rapanui— indigenous Pacific islanders instead of an ethnic minority forcefully built-in into the Chilean geographical region. within the moment half, the writer describes the Rapanui’s modern emphasis at the revitalization in their language, conventional strategies approximately land tenure, a distinct corpus of fabric and performative tradition, renewed touch with different Pacific island cultures, and artistic acts of resistance opposed to Chilean colonialism. Emergent in her research is the impact of Rapa Nui’s shiny vacationer industry—commodification of Rapanui distinction is developing the chance to loosen fiscal and political ties with Chile.

Drawing on statements of a number of Rapanui, she concludes that during the last few many years they've got got a unique form of interpretive strength, in keeping with which they're making offerings that serve them as a humans at the highway to cultural and political self-determination. modern Rapa Nui is hence a latest, articulated position, marked by means of lively id politics that exhibit the resilience and flexibility of the indigenous those who inhabit this island.

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