Easter Island Unsolved (2018)

DailyView: Day 210, Movie 296

We pulled out another documentary for the DailyView today, this one off Disney +. I have always been interested in Easter Island and the amazing creations of the Moai statues that mysteriously existed on the tiny island. Moai “are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500.” (Wikipedia).

This National Geographic documentary looked at what happened to the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island, not just about the mysterious Moai.

While most documentaries focus upon the Moai, but this one looked closer at the people on Rapa Nui, which corresponded to the slowing of the carving of the Moai. The doc included everything from changes in climate, famine from a lack of resources, to potential cannibalism.

The crew heads down into caverns beneath the island to try and determine what happened. How some caves had fresh water and how this may have led to conflicts. The people split into clans and even competed for control of the island.

This documentary was fascinating and I really enjoyed how the doc went into other areas, including the dangers that the island has today, from increasing rainfall causing erosion to the breaking of the cliff edges to the threat of tsunamis.

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