Message #105:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Pacific Context
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997 20:06:34 -0700 

[ A place slightly outside the fuzzy boundaries of the Southwest --

From:	Far Horizons
South Seas Symposium, Albuquerque, NM -- The Easter Island Foundation
and the University of New Mexico's Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Easter Island in Pacific Context
An International Scientific and Cultural Exchange
August 5 - 10, 1997, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The peopling of the Pacific has fascinated both scholars and adventurers
alike for most of this century -- questions arise about how they settled
their far flung islands and how they survived the journey and their
subsequent arrival in an unknown land.  Perhaps the most intriguing
landfall of all was Easter Island, or Rapa Nui. Separated by thousands
of miles of open sea, this windswept island lay in unprecedented
isolation, yet these early settlers managed to created one of the
world's most complex Neolithic cultures -- they created the birdman
cult, invented a script, tracked the stars and of course, produced and
transported the famed monolithic sculptures known as moai. Yet Rapa Nui
is Polynesian, and to understand this ancient society one must study it
in the context of its Polynesian background.

The Easter Island Foundation and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology,
University of New Mexico are pleased to announce the 1997 South Seas
Symposium - Easter Island in Pacific Context, August 5 - 10, 1997.
Designed for both scholars and interested lay people, this international
symposium will focus on the place of Rapa Nui within the Pacific and
bring together world renowned scholars who will share their most recent
discoveries, interpretations and theories.

A number of special events have been planned to heighten the excitement
of this symposium. Honorary Chairman, Governor Jacobo Hey of Easter
Island will welcome registrants at a festive poolside cocktail reception
on August 5. On August 7, the renowned explorer, Dr. Thor Heyerdahl,
will present a talk at the University of New Mexico's Woodward Hall.
Throughout the conference, performances by Polynesian dancers and
musicians and demonstrations by artists and craftspeople will highlight
the beauty, grace and power of Polynesian arts. On Saturday afternoon, a
specially arranged private tour of the archeological sites of Quarai and
Abo, part of the 17th-century Salinas Missions National Monument, will
culminate in a gala banquet with a lively dinner show featuring
Polynesian and Hispanic dance performances. 

In addition, a major exhibition of contemporary Easter Island wood
carvings will be presented at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology,
University of New Mexico. Curated by former Easter Island Foundation
president, Dr. Joan Seaver Kurze, it will feature carvings collected
over a 30 year period set against the backdrop of Mark Oliver's stunning
photographs.  On August 6, the Maxwell Museum will host a special
reception for conference attendees to preview this exhibit.

If you would like brochures on the South Seas Symposium, or more
information, or a series of short articles on Easter Island that could
be published in your newsletter, please contact Far Horizons at this
email address, or call 800-343-9400 and ask for Renie or Mary Dell.