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Letters from the Director

2019 Year in Review

Dear Friends of EISP,

Best wishes for health and happiness as we enter a new decade! Thanks to all of you who share our interests and your passions for Rapanui art and archaeology. The past year produced many new accomplishments!  Most importantly, we made solid progress on our Atlas of Easter Island and celebrate our recent publication: “New excavations in Easter Island’s statue quarry: Soil fertility, site formation and chronology.” S.C. Sherwood, J. Van Tilburg, C. R. Barrier, M. Horrocks, R.K. Dunn, J.M. Ramírez-Aliaga Journal of Archaeological Science 111 (2019) 104994.

 

Mana Gallery

The Mana Gallery, Rapa Nui recently exhibited “100 Icons.” Cristián Arévalo Pakarati, co-owner of the gallery with Jo Anne Van Tilburg, assembled a cadre of talented Rapanui artists to produce and exhibit new carvings.  Many swayed from the gallery beams overhead, just as French artist Pierre Loti saw in 1872 when in the home of a long-ago Rapanui artist. The Rapanui community and friends from the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA attended the opening. Mark your November 2020 calendars and join us when the Mana Gallery celebrates 15 successful years!

 

Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, was awarded the Secretary’s Research Prize for the The Iconic Tattooed Man of Easter Island on November 6, 2019.

Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, was awarded the Secretary’s Research Prize for the The Iconic Tattooed Man of Easter Island on November 6, 2019.

Mana Gallery Press

Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, was awarded the Secretary’s Research Prize for the The Iconic Tattooed Man of Easter Island on November 6, 2019.  Co-authored by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, it was published by Mana Gallery Press, 2018. The book was lauded as an example of “interdisciplinary and collaborative research excellence” and the award was based upon the “quality of research, originality, grace and clarity of writing, and usefulness of the research to the scholarly field and society.”

 

 

Rock Art Network (RAN)

Jo Anne Van Tilburg participated in the Getty Conservation Institute-sponsored RAN colloquium. The fourth in series of important meetings led by Dr. Neville Agnew, the colloquium took place in France and Spain in October 2019, and looked at site and object replication as conservation.

 

 

 

CBS 60 Minutes

The CBS 60 Minutes segment about Rapa Nui, and our interview with Anderson Cooper, has proved interesting enough to the public that it recently warranted rebroadcast.  The conservation and ecological concerns expressed by many in that program remain pressing.

 

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Just for Fun:  Jeopardy!

We know that the scientific excavations and conservation emphasis of EISP has filtered into the public consciousness when we become a question on the endlessly popular Jeopardy!

 

 

 

 

Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D. Director, EISP | December 16th, 2019 |

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