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Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island
by Jo Anne Van Tilburg
Book Description: Katherine Routledge is a central figure in the history of Easter Island, one of the world's most remote and mysterious locales. Born to a wealthy and prestigious English Quaker family in 1866, Katherine rebelled against their strict Victorian values, becoming one of the first female graduates of Oxford University and the first woman archaeologist to work in Polynesia. 

At the age of forty, Katherine married a charismatic Australian adventurer, William Scoresby Routledge, and they built a ninety-foot, state-of-the-art yacht, christening her Mana, the Polynesian word for "spiritual power." From 1913 to 1915, Katherine and Scoresby led the Mana Expedition to Easter Island, where Katherine conducted the first-ever excavations of the island's world-famous stone statues. Katherine collected vast quantities of new information, which she faithfully transcribed into her journals and field notebooks. Through interviews with dozens of elderly men and women, she was able to save the history of the island, whose population was struggling back from the brink of extinction. Without Katherine's extraordinary efforts, Easter Island's traditional beliefs and customs would have been forever lost. 

Katherine's hard work came at a terrible price. A family history of schizophrenia and a deep sense of spiritualism brought her under the spell of an old mystic named Angata, who led an Easter Island rebellion in which Katherine played a central role. After her return to England, she heard "voices" that precipitated a separation from Scoresby and nearly destroyed her ability to write and to publish her fieldwork. Her family blamed Angata, the Easter Island "witch doctor," for driving Katherine insane. With Scoresby, they kidnapped Katherine from her lavish London home and isolated her in an asylum, where she died seven years later. 

Many of Katherine's papers were thought to be lost until they were discovered by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, the contemporary world's leading authority on the Easter Island statues. In this compelling biography, Dr. Van Tilburg brings her unique expertise to Katherine Routledge's discoveries and to her turbulent life. The result is an exciting personal story, set against the drama of Katherine's remarkable exploration of one of the most intriguing archaeological sites in the world. 
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Easter Island: Mystery of the Stone Giants
By Catherine and Michel Orliac
A history of the remote island in the Pacific Ocean that was discovered by Dutch sailors on Easter Sunday, 1722, is pieced together by archaeologists and considers the mysteries of an awe-inspiring place filled with giant statues.
Paperback: 143 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.55 x 6.98 x 4.92
Publisher: Harry N Abrams; ; (April )
ISBN: 0810928345

The Enigmas of Easter Island: Island on the Edge
The Enigmas of Easter Island: Island on the Edge
by John Flenley, Paul G. Bahn
Hardcover from Oxford University Press
The Mystery of Easter Island (Mystic Travellers Series)
by Katherine Routledge
Paperback - 438 pages Reprint edition
Adventures Unlimited Pr; ISBN: 0932813488

Trespassers on Easter Island
by Hanns Ebensten

Lonely Planet Chile & Easter Island (Chile and Easter Island, 5th Ed)
by Wayne Bernhardson

Easter Island : Giant Stone Statues Tell of a Rich and Tragic Past
by Caroline Arnold (Author)
(School & Library Binding)

8 Men and a Duck: An Improbable Voyage by Reed Boat to Easter Island
by Nick Thorpe

Easter Island Studies: Contributions to the History of Rapanui in Memory of William T. Mulloy (Oxbow Monographs in Archaeology No 32)
by Steven R. Fischer (Editor)
(Hardcover - August 1993)

Easter Island
by Carlos Mordo
Book Description: Surrounded by the immense expanse of the Pacific Ocean, over 2,000 miles from the nearest inhabited land, tiny Easter Island with an area of only 46 square miles is incredibly isolated. 

Easter Island is most famous for the giant statues that have fascinated the world since the island's discovery by European explorers in the early eighteenth century. How did a small, isolated society with limited resources create these magnificent monuments? How were these statues, some weighing 200 tons, transported for miles across the island? And, more mysteriously, what role did they play in the religion and social order of the people who created them? 

These and many other questions surrounding Easter Island are addressed in Carlos Mordo's new book. The author reveals that this island on the outermost edge of Polynesia hosted a rich culture where shamans and priests, and a mystical belief in ancestor gods, directed the life and death of the islanders, who thrived, created these statues of startling originality, then disappeared. 

Easter Island also examines the island's unique environment and ultimately how its degradation, and contact with Europeans in the eighteenth century, had profound consequences for the island's people. 

Illustrated with over 150 color photographs, Easter Island is a fascinating exploration of the history and living culture of this remarkable island.

Easter Island
by Michael Kenna

Easter Island
by Aaron Blair

Easter Island in Pacific Context. South Seas Symposium. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Easter Island and East Polynesia
by Christopher M. Stevenson (Editor), et al

Easter Island : Archaeology, Ecology, and Culture
by Jo Anne Van Tilburg,  John Mack
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1560985100

Ingrained Images: Woodcarvings from Easter Island
by Joan T. Seaver Kurze, et al

Hawaiian and Easter Island Designs
by Caren Caraway
Listed under Clip Art

Rapanui (Descriptive Grammars)
by Veronica Du Feu
Book Description This text is based on recordings made in the 1980s and on information provided by the islanders, represents du Feu's determination to record the language before it dies out. All linguistic aspects are covered, including the syntax, morphology, phonology and lexicon of the language. Just as importantly, the book has been structured in such a way as to facilitate cross-language comparisons. There are over 800 illustrative sentences, each accompanied by interlinear grammatical analysis and translation, as well as a Rapanui folk tale, in both the original and in English. Finally, as a source of vocabulary, this volume goes beyond any previously available dictionaries.
Routledge; ISBN: 0415000114

Rock Art of Easter Island : Symbols of Power, Prayers to the Gods
(Monumenta Archaeologica, Vol 17)
by Georgia Lee
Hardcover (January 1992)
Univ of California LA Inst of; ISBN: 0917956745

Rongorongo : The Easter Island Script : History, Traditions, Texts
(Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics, 14)
by Steven Roger Fischer
Hardcover (December )
Clarendon Pr; ISBN: 0198237103

Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Island
by Eric Kjellgren, et al

The Ancient Solar Observations of Rapanui : The Archaeoastronomy of Easter Island
(The Easter Island Series)
by William Liller
Paperback 1st Ed. edition (August 1993)
Cloud Mountain Pub; ISBN: 1880636018
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DX-Aku: Messages from the Easter Island Expedition
by Robert W. Schmieder
Paperback - 366 pages (December 1, )
Cordell Expeditions; ISBN: 0962601365
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Language of Easter Island Its Development and Eastern Polynesian Relationship
by Robert Langdon
Paperback (June 1983)
Brigham Young Univ Inst Polynesian; ISBN: 0939154323
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Easter Island ; The Rapaniu Speech and the Peopling of Southeast Polynesia
by William Churchill
Hardcover (June 1912)
AMS Press; ISBN: 0404142141
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Chile & Easter Island Travel Survival Kit
Wayne Bernhardson
Paperback - 432 pages 4th edition
From the fjords of the Patagonian Andes to the night life of Santiago, this new edition has everything travelers need to know to get around Chile and Easter Island. With 90 detailed maps including a two-page highlight color map, a Spanish language guide and tips on transportation, accommodations, and food for all budgets, as well as coverage of the Faulklands/Islas Malvinas. 
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An Uncommon Guide to Easter Island : Exploring Archaeological Mysteries of Rapa Nui
by Georgia Lee
Paperback (November 1989)
Booklink Distributors; ISBN: 0937480177
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Aku-Aku, the Secret of Easter Island.
by Thor. Heyerdahl
ASIN: 0528818104
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