ItemWebsites & Conferences( 1998-01-01)
ItemEIF News( 1998-01-01)
Easter Island Foundation News
Books for Sale!
ItemDe de Piques 1934-1935. Expedjtjon Metraux-Lavachery, 1995( 1998-01-01)
De de Piques 1934-1935. Expedjtjon Metraux-Lavachery, 1995 ISBN: 2-930157-00-3. Hardback, 95 pages 950 Belgian Francs (approx. $26). Buch Edition, Rue F. Marjay 101, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. Tel: 32-2-343-5270.
Review by Paul G. Bahn
ItemBali Handbook, Second Edition 1997 (Review)( 1998-01-01)
Bali Handbook, SecondEdition (1997) by Bill Dalton Black/white photos and line drawings, 750 pages, 135 maps; $19.95 Moon Travel Handbooks, Chico, CA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Review by Georgia Lee
ItemTwo Books on Rongorongo! (Book Review)( 1998-01-01)
Rongorongo: The Easter Island Script. History, Traditions, Texts by Steven Roger Fischer. Oxford University Press, 1997. 714 pp. 0-19-823710-3 £90 / $115.
Glyphbreaker by Steven Roger Fischer Copernicus, New York, 1997. 234 pp. 0-387-98241-8 £15.50/$ 25.
Reviews by Paul G. Hahn
Letters to the editor
ItemNews and Notes( 1998-01-01)
What's New in Hanga Roa
ItemKites in Polynesia: Replicative Experiments and Hawaiian Petroglyphs( 1998-01-01)
Kites and the flying of kites were important in Polynesia. In New Zealand, kites were not only for play but were used in ritualistic magic, being flown for divination purposes by priests (Barrow 1984: 103), and it is said that Tawhaki ascended into the sky world by means of a kite. In Mangaia (Cook Islands), the god Rongo was the patron of kite flying (Poignant 1967:66). Similar stories are found elsewhere in Polynesia, and kites made of tapa cloth with painted bird heads (manu hakarere) are cited from Easter Island (Metraux 1971 :353).
ItemPalmerston Island: End of the "British Ariki"?( 1998-01-01)
Almost lost in Polynesia's vast expanses are two very small but special islands whose inhabitants, at least in historical times, from birth have spoken either only English or a hybrid English-Polynesian idiom. Renowned is, of course, Pitcairn Island, whose remnant population to a large degree can still claim descent from the infamous eighteenth-century mutineers of HMS Bounty and their Tahitian companions. Nearly unknown to the world, on the other hand, is the fascinating story of Palmerston Island in the Cook archipelago.