When the Universe Was an Island

Exploring the Cultural and Spiritual Cosmos of Ancient Rapa Nui

By Edmundo Edwards and Alexandra Edwards                                                    

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Product Details

• Paperback: 536 pages

• Illustrations:  117 in  b/w

• Language: British English

• ISBN: 978-956-353-131-2

• Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 4 cm

• Shiping Weight: 1.4 kg / 3 lb 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Details
• Paperback: 536 pages
• Illustrations:  117 in  b/w
• Language: English
• ISBN: 978-956-353-131-2
• Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 4 cm
                     /9 x 6.7 x 1.6 in
• Shiping Weight: 1 kg / 2.2 lb  

About the Authors


 

Edmundo Edwards 

Edmundo’s passion for archaeology started when he was 12 years old and discovered a pre-Incan site in northern Chile.  After visiting Rapa Nui in 1957, he became enthralled by Rapanui culture and returned to the island in 1960 to work with Professor William Mulloy on the restoration of Ahu Akivi.  He has lived and worked in Polynesia ever since.  In 1977 Edmundo co-founded the Centro de Estudios de Isla de Pascua where he carried out archaeological and ethnographic studies for the University of Chile until 1985.  That year he left for Tahiti to work in the Department of Archaeology of the Centre Polynésien des Sciences Humaines Te Anavaharau (CPSH).  Edmundo spent the next nine years conducting archaeological surveys and leading restoration work in the Society, Marquesas, and Austral Islands.  Edmundo returned to Rapa Nui in 1994, where he collaborated in the restoration of Ahu Tongariki.  Since then, he has devoted himself to the scientific study and preservation of the archaeology and culture of the Pacific islands.  He is the co-founder of two non-profit tax-exempt organizations: the Eastern Pacific Research Foundation (EPRF) and the Pacific Islands Research Institute (PIRI), both of which are dedicated to the discovery, analysis, documentation, and protection of South Pacific antiquities and cultures; the scope of their missions includes multidisciplinary projects addressing education, health, and other social issues.  In addition, Edmundo is the co-owner of Archaeological Travel Service (ATS), leading cultural tours to Rapa Nui and Atacama both for private groups as well as for the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and other prominent organizations with top-quality travel programs.  Edmundo is an active member of the Explorers Club and in 2011 he was honoured with the Lowell Thomas Award for his exceptional contribution to human knowledge through his valuable research and discoveries in Polynesia. 

 

Alexandra Edwards

Alexandra was born in Santiago, Chile, but spent several years in New York and Washington DC before returning to Rapa Nui in 1995.  A Latin-American Studies and Film major from Wesleyan University, she has since been carrying out archaeological fieldwork and ethnographic studies in both Latin America and Oceania. She has participated in four Explorers Club Flag expeditions and collaborated in documentaries filmed in places as diverse as Chile, Easter Island, Papua New Guinea, Raivavae, and the Society and Marquesas Islands.  Alexandra currently works for the Pacific Islands Research Institute in addition to carrying out independent ethnographic research regarding the native peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.  She has a special interest in ancient mythology and religion and the cultural syncretism present in Latin America and Oceania today.