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‘I Hē Koe? Placing Rapa Nui

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Title: ‘I Hē Koe? Placing Rapa Nui
Authors: Young, Forrest Wade
Keywords: Easter Island, Rapa Nui, indigenous epistemology, colonialism, resistance
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: University of Hawai‘i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Wade, F. W. 2012. ‘I Hē Koe? Placing Rapa Nui. The Contemporary Pacific 24 (1): 1-30.
Abstract: In August 2010, conflict between indigenous Rapa Nui people and the Chilean state in “Easter Island” escalated as Rapa Nui occupied institutions and lands claimed by the Chilean state. This article introduces competing discourses by which the events of August 2010, as well as subsequent conflicts, might be assessed: archaeological, tourist, Chilean, indigenous, and cosmopolitan ethnography. Ethnographic analysis illuminates the point that the nonindigenous discourses fail to coherently “place” the significance of Rapa Nui people in Easter Island and hence cannot coherently ground the sense of Rapa Nui resistance. By contextualizing the events within indigenous epistemology, the events are shown to be continuous with over a century of rational Rapa Nui resistance to Chilean colonialism on the island. The article thus provides a discursive ground for interpreting recent and ongoing conflict in Rapa Nui in terms of Rapa Nui discursive practice.
Pages/Duration: 30 pages
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific ], 2012 - Volume 24, Number 1

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