TAPATI RAPA NUI 2017
The Tapati Rapa Nui festival, which literally means “Rapa Nui week”, is the most important cultural festival in Easter Island, and it is celebrated every year during the first two weeks of February. This festival was born in 1968 with the goal of promoting the Rapanui culture among the islanders and instilling a sense of belonging within the youth.
During the Tapati celebration, the town is divided in two, each part constituting an “alliance” or clan representing the ancient races of the island. Each clan chooses a queen to represent and “lead” them during the competitions and the winner will have the right to the title of “Queen of the Island” for that year. It’s not a beauty contest, but rather a peaceful confrontation between the two clans that will compete through the days and night; where each participant will be able to express their physical and artistic skills to earn points for each candidate. The queen of the clan with the most points will win the crown.
Preparing new traditional costumes for the show
We just spent the whole week-end to take some totora from the lake of Rano Raraku. It was the time for the group to join our effort and spirit to create even better special objects and costumes for the show. It was also very nice for us to camp all together under the stars of Rano Raraku.
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