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ISBN ; pages, figures, map, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. Fischer is a linguist with a special interest in the rongorongo script of Rapa Nui the local name for Easter Island; the people of the island are called Rapanui. The focus on Rapa Nui is timely, as contemporary scholarship appears to be challenging some of the orthodoxies of the last couple of decades. However, this book is perhaps a few years too early in being able to present the divergent views to a wider audience.

This is a contested area and for the nonspecialist a very hard one to follow from the primary sources, particularly when some of the source material used is very dated indeed.

ISLAND AT THE END OF THE WORLD The Turbulent History of Easter Island

In summary, this chapter continues the familiar orthodox model for environmental collapse and isolation for at least two centuries prior to European arrival , but Fischer is at pains to point out that this did not equate with "cultural collapse. Fischer does well to point out that the current dominance of cultural tourism in the economy of the island is only likely to be another phase in the complex and rich history of the place.

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