Easter Island: Anger after truck crashes into sacred statue


On March 5, 2020, a truck crashed into a sacred stone, known as moai, on Easter island off the coast of Chile. The crash was defined as "incalculable" due to how much value and meaning are behind those stones. The Chilean man who caused the incident was arrested and charged with damaging a national monument. The mayor of Easter Island is calling for motor vehicle restrictions in the area of the stones due to the incident. There are about 1,000 of these stones and they were created by the indigenous Rapa Nui people.

There is a geographical concept and the geography of the placement of these stones to consider in this event. The term indigenous is used to describe the Rapa Nui people and to help us understand that the aboriginal people of this island created these sacred stones that we see as a national monument. These stones are an important and vital piece of their culture. Geographically, the moai are placed on an island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile.