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 -- SASIG Ed. ] From: Far Horizons South Seas Symposium, Albuquerque, NM -- The Easter Island Foundation and the University of New Mexico's Maxwell Museum of Anthropology SOUTH SEAS SYMPOSIUM 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.