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James Grant-Peterkin did a really good job laying out the history of how the islands were formed, discovered and settled. He also did a great job explaining our best understanding of the purpose and process surrounding the Moai. I visited Easter Island right before the Covid shutdown. During my visit I don't recall any discussion of why or how the Moai got toppled so that was very interesting to me. The fact that James has lived there for ~20 years gives a very "insider" view of life on the island which perfectly complements his academic knowledge. This was a thoroughly enjoyable conversation.
I loved hearing about Easter Island - both the history and present-day. I can't wait to visit someday!
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A great conversation that expanded my knowledge of this special place. I am anxious to visit one day!
What a special talk! I was introduced to Easter Island via reading the wonderfully helpful and engaging book "A Companion to Easter Island" by the speaker, James Grant-Peterkin, prior to touring with his company, Easter Island Spirit, in February 2020. The island has remarkably storied yet mysterious origins and continues to shine in wonder and beauty. The more I learn about the island, the more questions I have. As an avid traveler, I have listened to many online travel talks during these restricted times, and this was by far my favorite. James eloquently details the past and discusses modern day Easter Island while being receptive to all questions. Highly recommend for anyone with a curious mind or adventurous spirit!