What are Easter Island Facts?

What are Easter Island Facts?• The people on Easter Island converse in Austroniesian languages.
• Easter Island is known for its colossal stone statues worldwide.
• A world heritage site, much of island is protected within the premises of Rapa Nui National Park.
• As per history, the oldest known names of Easter Island are Te Pito o Te Henua, meaning ‘The Center of the World’ and Mata-Ki-Te-Rani, meaning ‘Eyes Looking at Heaven’.
• Jacob Roggeveen, who gave the island its present name, was the first ever European to set foot on the island. Since he reached on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1722, he named the island Easter Island.
• In the bygone era, about 288 enormous stone statues called moai stood upon the stone platforms called ahu. There were about 250 such ahu platforms in the island, thereby forming an unbroken line.
• The average height and weight of stone statue on the ahu is about 14 feet, 6 inches tall and 14 tons.
• Some of the statues as large as 33 feet and weighed more than 80 tons.
• Almost all the moai statues found in the island are made from the hard stone of the Rano Raraku volcano.
• Though mostly famous for the statues, Easter Island also possesses a script, the Rongor script, the only written language in Oceania.
• Easter Island boasts of art and culture, including petroglyphs (rock carvings), traditional wood carvings, tapa (barkcloth) crafts, tattooing, string figures, dance and music.
• An Outrigger Club was founded in the Easter Island on 1989, by Rodriego Paoa Atamu.
• Easter Island is home to two types of small lizards and only a few species of insects. There are no mammals and no fishes on the island.

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