'You have our spirit': Easter Island designation demands return of famous model


A designation for Easter Island's Indigenous individuals has made a trip to London to request the British Museum restore its Hoa Hakananai'a form, expelled as a present for Queen Victoria 150 years prior.

The figure — one of the Chilean region's significant statues — was taken by Royal Navy commander Richard Powell in 1868 as a present for the ruler, who later given it to the British Museum.

The basalt figure is one of around 900 statues, or "Moai", signifying "predecessors", cut by Polynesian islanders somewhere in the range of 1100 and 1600 AD.

Its name, Hoa Hakananai'a, signifies "lost or stolen companion".

Requiring the model's arrival, Easter Island Governor Tarita Alarcon Rapu stated: "We are only a body. You, the British individuals, have our spirit."

The arrival of the Moai form is especially critical to Ms Alarcon Rapu, who said her 90-year-old grandma kicked the bucket without having the opportunity to see her progenitor.

"I am 50 years alive and this is my first time," she included.

The statue is one of numerous ancient rarities British adventurers and dignitaries took from around the world that are shown in the British Museum.

Some of these fortunes have turned into the subject of extreme discussion and solicitations for their arrival by their nations of source, among them the Grecian antique models known as the Elgin Marbles, and the Benin Bronzes from cutting edge Nigeria.

The Easter Island assignment has offered to swap the Hoa Hakananai'a for another Moai cut from stone by contemporary nearby artist Bene Tuki.

"This is the first of numerous discussions we will have," Chile's national resources serve, Felipe Ward, who was a piece of the designation said.

"We are anticipating the following discussions and likely the second one will be in Rapa Nui", including that he had "a good omen".

A representative for the British Museum said it was continually ready to think about crediting out articles from its gathering, "subject to the typical conditions".