Talk:Rapa Nui people

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The section on interaction with the environment is incomplete: there are no references,and there is wandering sentence structure. Perhaps you could neaten that a bit? Hereadnow101 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hereandnow101 (talkcontribs) 16:17, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

I've seen a few references regarding the spectacular collapse of the great Rapanui civilization. Don't have time to find good material and am too tired to write my words so I'll quote from the 2nd google link I stumbled upon:

The 'decline and fall' of Easter Island and its alleged self-destruction has become the poster child of a new environmentalist historiography, a school of thought that goes hand-in-hand with predictions of environmental disaster. Why did this exceptional civilisation crumble? What drove its population to extinction? These are some of the key questions Jared Diamond endeavours to answer in his new book 'Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive.' According to Diamond, the people of Easter Island destroyed their forest, degraded the island's topsoil, wiped out their plants and drove their animals to extinction. As a result of this self-inflicted environmental devastation, its complex society collapsed, descending into civil war, cannibalism and self-destruction. While his theory of ecocide has become almost paradigmatic in environmental circles, a dark and gory secret hangs over the premise of Easter Island's self-destruction: an actual genocide terminated Rapa Nui's indigenous populace and its culture. Diamond, however, ignores and fails to address the true reasons behind Rapa Nui's collapse. [...] This paper is a first attempt to address this disquieting quandary. It describes the foundation of Diamond's environmental revisionism and explains why it does not hold up to scientific scrutiny.

from: "FROM GENOCIDE TO ECOCIDE: THE RAPE OF RAPA NUI" by "Benny Peiser", Liverpool John Moores University, Faculty of Science. 18:40, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Add in article or make a new one at Rapa Nui mythology In this article, also mention similar ethnic groups falling under self-inflicted climate situations. The Maya people, Nazca people and the Khmer people can be also mentioned as people falling under similar circumstances (increasing populations, deforestation). See and for references


I suggest a move to easter island people, to make the article more in line with other articles on ethnic groups (which are named as ... people)'s edit[edit]

I'm not going to email the person but's edit needs to be addressed since most is totally out of place. I haven't had time to read the entire thing, but the geography and history of the island is irrelevant to this article since there already articles of the History and the Geography.--KAVEBEAR (talk) 01:08, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

Also, most of the references are only available to students at one university. Edit reverted.-gadfium 04:05, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

History of the Rapa Nui Section[edit]

I added the History of the Rapa Nui section and hope to continue working on it. It offers information related to the History of Easter Island but specific to the Rapa Nui people themselves. It also has information not in the History of Easter Island section such as the relation between the bottle gourd and their believed contact with South America. --Chaoticallyc (talk ) 07:46, 15 Nov 2012

Review of Addition[edit]

I'm in the Environment and Society class and have chosen to review your addition. I think the addition was great it provides a better understanding of the Rapa Nui people, however I think it would be important to edit the environment interaction section as it is noted that nothing is cited in that section and it applies to our class in general. Also you could add more links to other pages in the section you added! Great job! Shelbeglidden (talk) 15:36, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

MTA Peer Review[edit]

Interesting article! Make sure you cite your article though, a lot of citations seem to be missing, especially in your "Interaction with the Environment", "History", "Agriculture", "Launguage", "Art", "Moai", "Mythology", "Music" and introduction sections. You also may want to include pictures of things that you are mentioning (such as the chicken huts which still dot the fields of the island). You may want to also add information in the sidebar regarding the people. You could also add a "Where are they now" section or something which discusses where the people are in the present day.Srorourke (talk) 16:27, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

I agree with Srorourke on issues of citations and images. Some picture could really bring those desceiptions of cultural elements of the Rapa Nui to life! There are some confusing wording issues that you might want to clear up. Specifically in the "Agriculture" section: "Agriculture on Easter Island shows signs of intensification before European arrival necessary because of its climate which had an excess of wind and a low amount of rainfall for the area." This is probably just a typo, but what was necessary? Environmental intensification? If so I recommend switching to this: "Agriculture on Easter Island shows signs of intensification before European arrival. This intensification was necessary because of the island's climate, which had an excess of wind and a low amount of rainfall for the area." Generally well done on the article, you were really able to cover a lot of areas of the Rapa Nui. Rllegge (talk) 16:39, 20 November 2012 (UTC)