Easter Island Exhibition at Canning House

I went to the private view of the new exhibition at Canning House on Easter Island, Myths and Popular Culture on Tuesday night.

Poster from the Easter Island, Myths and Popular Culture Exhibition

As with many private views it was a bit difficult to make it round all of the panels and take in the whole exhibition amidst the wine and nibbles, but from what I saw it looked really interesting.

The exhibition mainly focuses on the myths and popular culture of the island and in particular the famous Moai, but there are a couple of panels that look at the history of the island to satisfy history geeks like me. There is also an interesting section on the written language of the people of Easter Island, Rongorongo, which has never been translated! The Curator of the exhibition said that when the exhibition tours one of the school activities is going to invite children to try to translate the language – hopefully one of them doesn’t crack it and embarrass the academics!

Hoa Hakananai'a at the British Museum

Though the main focus is the island’s and the Moai’s appearance in popular culture, spurred on by the myths surrounding it. That the Moai heads could walk, that they were put in place by aliens, the usual really. There is an examination of how they have been used around the world to intrigue and entertain audiences.

It’s definately worth a look, and is in Canning House until the 26 November so catch it while you can.
Friends of the north, don’t fret as it is heading up to Middlesbrough and the Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum.

If you’re interested in the Moai, the British Museum featured it in their brilliant History of the World in 100 Objects, which gives a concise history.