Life on Easter Island

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  • It is thought we have used birds in order to correctly direct our boats towards an island thousands of miles from our home.
  • The palm trees we used provided shelter, boat materials, and possibly statue transportation.
  • Different clans on the island would compete to try and make the biggest and best statues!
  • Easter Island is located west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean. Polynesians discovered it between 300 and 800 AD, but the exact date is unknown.
  • The trees found on Easter Island were used for a variety of purposes.
  • The smaller rocks would provide minerals for the crops, something the soil of Easter Island did not provide sufficiently.
  • Moai were statues that the islanders made to honor their ancestors. Some weighted dozens of tons, and there are multiple theories on how they were moved.
  • We made a life, full and promising, in paradise, here on Easter Island.
  • An islander's diet would consist of sweet potatoes, bananas, fish, and chicken, the only domesticated animal they had. This diet led to a high number of cavities in the people.
  • Farming was tough on Easter Island, so the islanders used boulders as windbreakers for their farms. They also placed smaller rocks in the farms themselves.
  • The people would live in shelters made from the trees they cut down, and
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