“THE brothers behind eco-friendly, fair trade fashion label Rapanui have travelled to New Zealand to explore opportunities to expand the business.”
“The indigenous people, called the Rapanui, still lived on the island in the early 1800s, but something drove them off.”
“MURPHY: The Rapanui are the original inhabitants of this windswept piece of grass, rock and sand.”
“He did not seem to care that Oceanic people called Rapanui "discovered" the place about 700 years earlier, took up residence, developed a sophisticated culture and called their homeland Rapa”
“Interim Governor Jorge Miranda, who is from mainland Chile, says that the Rapanui can't just expect the current government to solve century-old problems.”
“He tattooed the word trash on his right hand in Rapanui so he wouldn't forget the experience.”
“But the Rapanui face big challenges and constant setbacks.”
“Theyve evicted hotel staff and cook traditional Rapanui food on outdoor fires, like this pan of green plantains with milk and sugar.”
“Many Rapanui work in tourism and live in small cement or wood houses topped by metal roofs.”
“Bear in mind the colonial presence of the Chilean government in Rapanui, it has one main purpose, which is to assimilate us.”
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