Easter Island is considered to be an open-air museum where the most important symbols are the nearly one thousand giant states made from volcanic rock (Moai) and the petroglyphs which survive as testimony to the rich culture of the ancient people.
The Tu a Poi were a tribe which lived in the sea on a giant mother canoe. Some nights they would come near the Island in small reed boats to look for sweet potatoes, taro and, especially, human flesh.
Vai a Heva (“water of Heva”) is the name of the monumental sculpture of a face whose open mouth is a natural cavity which collects rainwater
Throughout time, the origins of the universe and of humanity have been mysteries that a great variety of religions have tried to explain. The ancient Polynesians developed cosmological legends of origin which were called “Songs of Creation”.
Lizards and tuataras of New Zealand are often considered the guardians of caves or funerary chambers where they are to watch over the dead.
Hena Naku, the god of feathers, loved Te Pito o te Henua, the Navel of the World, the ancient name for Easter Island. The sea birds, which were under his protection, preferred to nest on the rocky cliffs that surround the Island.