The older we get the more we are inclined to learn about our family’s history. As we begin to research and delve into the stories surrounding our ancestors, we uncover some remarkable finds whether they are good, bad or tragic. Who we are today was shaped by who our lineage was even if we do not condone their beliefs or horrific behaviors. Still, there is a story to tell and many lessons to learn.
It is fascinating to see how the inhabitants on the remote island of Easter island continue to treasure their famous Moai statues that are scattered across this Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. These monolithic human figures represent an ancestor of the Rapa Nui people. Can you imagine the painstaking time and effort it took to chisel each one of these iconic stone statues and then transport each one across the island?
For centuries these stone figures which seem to mysteriously rise out of the earth are mystical and intriguing. These amazing statues, however, are aging, decaying and sadly facing extinction due to weather-beaten abuse, algae known as lichen, and other environmental threats.
The Moai statues are remnants of a rich, great past created by the early Rapa Nui people and represent a sense of pride and respect to preserve this culture for generations to learn from.