Sergio Tepano Cuevas
Sergio Tepano is an Islander who lived here and studied in the municipal school until his 2nd year of secondary level and then finished secondary school in Rancagua on the continent. He first decided to study hotel administration in Santiago and then returned to work for a year as inspector and sports instructor at the local Educational Village. It was perhaps this experience that gave him the impulse to study kinesiology in Viña del Mar. In 2014, with his degree as a kinesiologist, he worked with the municipal Corporation for Sports and Recreation and in public health programs of the new hospital, both on Easter Island.
For Sergio Tepano, his youth on the Island was hard. “We were all just considered working tools and had to do our share to mote kai, ‘make the kitchen sing’. Even the wife was considered to be another pair of hands. She had the same amount of work as the man and shared in the tasks of the farm, as well. In that time, it was still a period of great scarcity, not like today, where the Chilean government has been a great facilitator to satisfy the many needs of education, health, subsidies for housing and the economic resources for projects which offer jobs.
Felipe Agurto Tuki
Jorge Tepano Ika & Beatriz Perez Farfan
Ximena Cuevas & Ricardo Tepano
Commenting on the history of Rapa Nui, Tepano emphasizes that, “The Rapanui people are destined to disappear. According to the notes of the navigators who arrived prior to the slave raids from Callao ( 1862- 1863), there already was a decadence in the Islanders. Fifteen years later, Alphonse Pinard, the French commander of the ship ‘Seignelay’, visited the Island and counted only one hundred inhabitants. From that hundred, we come, today all of mixed-blood. Only education will help us to maintain our culture.”
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