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Save Rapanui- a benefit ....
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Joined: May 18, 2003
Posts: 846
From: Alta Loma, California
Posted: 2010-10-24 6:48 pm   Permalink

Sorry for the late notice but I just got the info on this and felt it needed MORE recognition . I was approached at the Tiki Farm 10 year show last weekend by one of the benefit curators to donate art pieces to save the islanders that live on the island known as "the Navel of the World".
As of August 4th,2010, the people of Rapa Nui have non-violently re-occupied the lands that have been unlawfully taken by Chile from their grandparents. The Chilean goverment has responded by sending in armed forces. As the Rapa Nui people strive to reclaim their island and independence, the islanders may be on the brink of extermination. Read up more on the event here...

Ill be donating a Moai KavaKava Ive made . I know its short notice but come check it out and help if you can . Mahalos, Ray

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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
Posts: 2277
From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2010-10-25 05:34 am   Permalink

Reading the website linked above I have to wonder about the authenticity and veracity of the information it contains...


"...If the Chilean government fails to abide by the rule of law, the Rapanui may become extinct, depriving the world of one its great civilizations, a truly unique cultural, geographical and environmental heritage."

The Island is quite large, its peoples are many, and the government of Chile is 'different.' But cries of complete Genocide on the part of Chile against Rapa Nui seem extreme to put it mildly.

To be clear, I support the cause and hope the Rapa Nui peoples can take control of their island and therefore their own destiny. The same can be said for many of the Pacific Nations.

We can all do our part to help without the added, and unnecessary, urgency of implied gloom and doom. And without the distraction of impending doom we can probably all do a lot more to help their cause.

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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 9015
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2010-10-25 07:52 am   Permalink


Today the Rapanui are being threatened with extinction at the hands of Chilean armed forces

That does seem a little exaggerated and inflammatory, on the other hand South American governments are not always known for their restraint.

I think the real danger is the loss of the Rapanui culture if the whole island gets taken over by Chileans from the mainland. Thanks for the info Tiki-Ray

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 05, 2003
Posts: 1194
From: Texas Tikiland
Posted: 2010-10-25 1:08 pm   Permalink


On 2010-10-25 07:52, MadDogMike wrote:
I think the real danger is the loss of the Rapanui culture if the whole island gets taken over by Chileans from the mainland. Thanks for the info Tiki-Ray

agreed that this is a key important point.

but it appears to be unclear as to whether giving money to this fund will aid in this particular issue.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-10-25 1:18 pm   Permalink

I donated a signed copy of Tiki Modern, and will go to the event. I agree with the text sounding a bit over-dramatic, but given the horrid history of almost complete extinction of the Rapa Nui people and their culture by mainlanders, I would allow them ample leeway to be propagandistic. I think it is their way of saying "We were almost completely wiped out as a people, and there are only so few of us left that we are endangered if we are not recognized." Time cannot turn back, but anything that can make up for past crimes of "civilization" is commendable.

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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 6161
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2010-10-25 2:03 pm   Permalink

It is always hard to tell where the money goes in these kind of set-ups, but I donated a small amount and can only hope it helps. I think as things become desperate for people, their communications can be challenging.

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