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Easter Island (Spanish: Isla de Pascua, Polynesian: Rapa Nui) is one of the most isolated islands on Earth. Officially, a territory of Chile, it lies far off in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway to Tahiti. It is most famous for its enigmatic giant stone statues (+/-900), called Moai, built centuries ago, which reflect the history of the dramatic rise and fall of the most isolated Polynesian culture.
 
Every year the local community organizes a two-week long festival celebrating local customs. This TAPATI festival is primarily for the benefit of the Rapa Nui people, but tourists are welcome to watch, and the events are all free. Events are varied and included horseracing, reed-board surfing, singing, dancing, poetry reading, dramatic arts, road races, and traditional arts & crafts amongst others. It is the world's largest Polynesian festival.
 
Today, Rapa Nui National Park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its residents rely much on the tourism and economic links to Chile. As many native people, the Rapa Nui seek a link to their past and how to integrate their culture with the political, economic, and social realities of today.
 

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