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Abstract

Rapanui today is as bursting with cultural activity in the twenty-first century as it was at any time throughout the nearly two millennia that people have lived here. The current population of between 3,500 and 5,000, depending upon with whom one speaks and the time of the year, manages a whirlwind of intellectual and cultural activity that were it projected to a larger population would make it one of the most remarkable places on the planet, the casual visitor touching but the surface of all that is happening on this 55 square mile (166 ha2 ) most eastern point of the Polynesian triangle.

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