Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island. A society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300 established an original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external influence. From the 10th to the 16th century this society built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai.
Easter Island, Chile. Easter Island...2000 inhabitants, early settlers carved over 900 statues called moai (only 3 shown here with a zoom lens), the settlers also began cutting down the islands trees and shrubs leaving the island hauntingly empty.
Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. Photo by bsmethers, via Flickr