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Easter Island natives seek return of unique statue held in the British Museum

August 9, 2018 - General

Easter Island’s indigenous authorities have asked Chile’s government to help them recover a unique monumental Moai statue removed 150 years ago and now kept in the British Museum in London.

Human figure (moai), called Hoa Hakananai’a (hidden or stolen friend) made of basalt. Images relating to the
bird man religion are carved in relief on the figure’s back and back of head [Credit: British Museum]The 2.4-meter (seven feet) tall Hoa…

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