Testimony From the Past

Patricia Lillo Chinchilla

Patricia Lillo Chinchilla

Patricia Lillo ChinchillaPatricia Lillo, daughter of Eusebio Lillo, thus a descendant of the composer of the Chilean national anthem, and Elba Chinchilla, has lived for more than 50 years on Easter Island, as a result of her older sister Elvira marring Marcelo...

Alberto Hotus Chavez

Alberto Hotus Chavez

Alberto Hotus ChavezAlberto Hotus, 82, is Chairman of the Rapa Nui Council of Elders. This was created in 1980 with the aim of recovering the investiture of Rapanui chiefs and rejecting the delivery of individual titles of land ownership, a situation that was opposed...

Matusalem Masú Hey

Matusalem Masú Hey

"Matusalem" Masú HeyMasú Hey’s family name really should be Edmunds. His father, Enrique, is the son of Henry Percival Edmunds, the English administrator for the Williamson & Balfour sheep company between 1903 and 1930, and of Sofía Hey, the mother of the first...

Carmen Cardinal

Carmen Cardinal

Carmen Cardinalhe current Governor of Isla de Pascua is the granddaughter of Rafael Cardinali, an Italian who arrived to the Island during the First World War looking for opportunities and founded the Cardinali clan, a name that is today considered Rapanui. Carmen...

María Haoa

María Haoa

María HaoaIve had a very sad life. My mother, Estela Haoa, abandoned me when I was born. She was only 17 when she got pregnant. I was raised by grandparents, Adela Haoa and Isaias Fati, whom I always considered as my true parents. My biological father never recognized...

María Ignacia Paoa Rangitopa

María Ignacia Paoa Rangitopa

María Ignacia Paoa RangitopaMaría Ignacia is the daughter of María Carmela Languitopa and Alberto Paoa-Bornier, a grandson of the French settler Dutroux-Bornier, who took over the lands of the Easter Islanders and proclaimed himself “King of Easter Island”, prior to...

ANA RAPAHANGO

ANA RAPAHANGO

Ana Rapahango, 80 years old, is the granddaughter of Antonia Tepuku and the daughter of Victoria Rapahango and the Englishman, Henry Percival Edmunds, who was the resident administrator of the Island for the Williamson &  Balfour Company from 1906 to 1930.  My...

Ursula Rapu

Ursula Rapu

Ursula RapuMy father was called Alejo Kana Kyoka.  He was the son of a Chinese, but my grandmother’s husband accepted him as his son and gave him the family name of Rapu.  He was white skinned and, when I was born and he saw me as dark as my mother, he thought that I...

Rosa Ika Paoa

Rosa Ika Paoa

Rosa Ika PaoaThe daughter of Napoleón Ika and Flora Paoa, Rosa today is 73 years old. With her 17 brothers and sisters, she belongs to the aristocratic Miru tribe. “My father is the son of a Frenchman who took refuge on the Island after his cargo ship, the “Jean”, was...

Felipe Pakarati

Felipe Pakarati

Felipe PakaratiFelipe Pakarati Tuki, blind since 1968, has left an important legacy for future generations in Rapa Nui. In the book “Papa Tu’u ‘i Hanga Kao Kao”, dedicated to his grandfather Timothy Pakarati, has been narrating the social and cultural changes of his...

Esperanza Pakarati Tepano

Esperanza Pakarati Tepano

Esperanza Pakarati TepanoEsperanza Pakarati (1922 – 2005) was the great-granddaughter of the last Rapanui priestess, Te Oho A Neru, whom she actually knew, and granddaughter of important local personages, the catechist Nicolas Pakarati and Juan Tepano-Huke.  She was...

Sergio Tepano Cuevas

Sergio Tepano Cuevas

Sergio Tepano CuevasToday, all the public services on Easter Island are locally administered by a Rapanui executive. One of these is Sergio Tepano-Cuevas, 35 years old, the son of Ricardo Tepano and Ximena Cuevas, who is the current Head of the Office of Indigenous...

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