by Roberto Rojas Pantoja
On Rapa Nui, the maíka (banana) was mentioned by the first European visitors as part of the food offered to them as provisions. Following his visit in 1774, Cook indicated that bunches of bananas were baked in the umu, or earth ovens with hot rocks, and that these were almost the only vegetables that were consumed on Easter Island. Later, the leaves of the banana were used to wrap meat or fish which were then also placed on the steaming rocks of the umu. Certain types of maika were used to make desserts with milk or were boiled to accompany a stew. Around each home, there were always one or more varieties of maika, which were considered more important than other species such as papayas, mangos, avocados, oranges, lemons or the usual ancestral tubers, such as taro, manioc and sweet potato.
Maika en/in Haka Pei
The anthropologist and ethnologist Alfred Metraux (published In 1941) indicated that, in 1934, the islanders could distinguish ten varieties of bananas, some of which had been recently introduced from Tahiti, whereas others had already gone extinct in those years. Today there are very few of the young people who can even recall these 10 or 11 varieties of maíka. It is necessary to recover consciousness about the importance of the island flora and of the maíka for the Rapanui culture.
In the sand of Rapa Nui there are animals so small that they can hardly be seen with the bare eye. You need a microscope to see them. These animals live in the small spaces between sand grains.
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