Rescuing ancestral navigation in Rapa Nui
Lynn Rapu (49 years old), is the leader of the historic odyssey of the “Kuini Analola”, the first recreation of an ancestral Rapanui ship, which was built in the shipyards in Quellón (Chiloé, continental Chile) and which set off on a voyage without modern instrumentation toward Rapa Nui last February. He relates: “In 1985, when I was 16, together with Kio Teao, David Teao and Alberto Ika, we had the idea to build an ancestral ship, which is known as Vaka taurua, after my Teao cousins saw one of them on a trip to Tahiti. In those days, the Island didn’t have the material or the trees to do that and bringing the material from continental Chile was, and continues to be, prohibitively expensive.”
In 2016, two ships arrived at Easter Island from Auckland (New Zealand), the “Te Aurere” and its sister ship, lead by the Maori engineer, Hekenukumai Puhipi (Hector Busby). Lynn got his help to include another two local youngsters on the return voyage to New Zealand and for the construction of the first Rapanui catamaran, or vaka taurua. “Our good friend died recently and I want to render great honors to him. He offered to help in the construction of our vaka, but that would have meant cutting down one of those ancient trees of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and we didn’t accept, adds Lynn.
Esqueleto del Kuini en el astillero / Skeleton of the Kuini in the shipyard
Encuentro con la etnia mapuche en Valdivia / Meeting with the Mapuche ethnic group in Valdivia
Obsequio a la Armada de Chile en Valparaíso /Gift to the Chilean Navy in Valparaíso
¡Exquisito / Exquisite!
Vai Miti Peña Teao
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