The first part of the book surveys the history of the ChileRapa Nui relationship from its beginn ...
The first part of the book surveys the history of the ChileRapa Nui relationship from its beginning in the 1880s until the present. Delsing delineates the Rapanui peoples agency along with their cultural logic, showing their resilience and will to remain Rapanui indigenous Pacific islanders rather than an ethnic minority forcefully integrated into the Chilean nation-state. In the second part, the author describes the Rapanuis contemporary emphasis on the revitalization of their language, traditional concepts about land tenure, a unique corpus of material and performative culture, renewed contact with other Pacific island cultures, and creative acts of resistance against Chilean colonialism. Emergent in her analysis is the effect of Rapa Nuis vibrant tourist industrycommodification of Rapanui difference is creating the possibility to loosen economic and political ties with Chile.
Drawing on statements of several Rapanui, she concludes that over the past few decades they have acquired a different kind of interpretive power, based on which they are making choices that serve them as a people on the road to cultural and political self-determination. Contemporary Rapa Nui is thus a modern, articulated place, marked by spirited identity politics that show the resilience and adaptability of the indigenous people who inhabit this island.
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Publication date: 2015-05
Number of pages: 304
Subjects: Non-fiction, Humanities, History, Australasian & Pacific History, Politics, Pasifika, Pacific History