22 Dec 2017

Easter Island statues returned to people of Rapa Nui

From , 4:05 pm on 22 December 2017

Rapa Nui's famous moai are being placed back under the guardianship of the people of the island, known also as Easter Island.

The statues and ancestral lands formerly controlled by the Chilean National Forest Corporation were symbolically handed back by Chile's president Michelle Bachelet late last month.

The Corporation had been in control of the archeological sites, covering 43 percent of the island, since 1972.

Chile seized control of the island in 1888.

The Tapura Re'o newspaper's Marcus Edensky spoke with Dominic Godfrey about what led to this land transferral after 129-years of Chilean rule.