After Dark in the Park Video Archives - Nov 13 2012
November 13, 2012 - "The Statues Walked: Revealing the Real Story of Easter Island"
Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, has become widely known as a case study of human-induced environmental catastrophe resulting in cultural collapse. However, a closer look at the archeological and historical record for the island reveals that while an environmental disaster unfolded, the ancient Polynesians persisted. Join Dr. Terry Hunt as he discusses The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island, a book he co-authored with fellow archeologist Carl Lipo. In this presentation, Dr. Hunt outlines the evidence for the island's astonishing prehistoric success, and explores how and why this most isolated and remarkable culture avoided collapse.
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Did You Know?
`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.