The Rapanui people carved and moved the Moai by “walking” the moai with rounded bottoms.
The Rapanui people did NOT deforest the island to move the Moai, there was a "mini" ice age in the 1400s which reduced trees on the island, rats introduced by foreign boats ate the seeds, and the Chileans rented the island to sheep farmers whose herds destroyed the roots of the flora causing massive run off of the topsoil, and the Rapanui people were sold as slaves.
The Chileans are still colonizing the island and continuing to destroy the ancient archeological sites which have been desginated by UNESCO as a “patrimony to humanity.”
The Chileans are encouraging unchecked immigration to the island, which does not have the infastructure to support immigration.
Since the beginning of August the Rapanui people have reclaimed their grandparents lands which the Chileans had taken.
Chilean armed forces have been deployed to the island and they are harassing the Rapanui people in violation of Chilean and International Law.
The Indian Law Resource Center has agreed to represent the Rapanui people in legal actions in the Inter-American Courts.
The Chilean government is being run by the Pinochet Party for the first time since 1990. During Pinochet regime millions of people simply “disappeared”.
The Rapanui people today are in danger of extinction.
The Rapanui survival and decolonization of Rapanui will be an example of how humans can reclaim and re-cultivate lands which have been destroyed by human activity.
Rapanui is also known as Te Pito te Henua, the Navel of the World, and this connection is our umbilical cord of existence.