Cameroon/June 5, 2019/ Frank Ikpefan, Abuja /No Comment/106 views /Cameroon British visit Easter Island to discuss returning sacred monolith – Journal du Camerounshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel Published on 05.06.2019 at 03h54 by AFP A team from the British Museum arrived Tuesday on Easter Island to meet with local Polynesian people seeking the return from London of one of the most spiritually important of the Chilean island’s stone monoliths. Gaye Sculthorpe, curator of the museum’s Oceania section, and Lissant Bolton, an anthropologist specializing in the Pacific region, traveled to the South Pacific island 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) from the coast of Chile. Its greatest tourist attraction are statues known as moai, which were sculpted from basalt more than 1,000 years ago. The British Museum has held one of them, called the Hoa Hakananai’a, for 150 years. ALSO READ China plastic waste ban throws global recycling into chaos - Journal du CamerounThe indigenous Rapa Nui people are now demanding its return, and have been in talks with the museum since last year. For them, the statue contains the spirit of their people. The monolith stands 2.4 metres (2.6 yards) tall and weighs four tonnes. Hoa Hakananai’a was taken without permission in 1868 by the British frigate HMS Topaze, captained by Richard Powell, and given to Queen Victoria. The British Museum has faced numerous claims to return artifacts to the countries they originate from, including the Elgin Marbles to Greece and the Benin Bronzes to Nigeria. The Rapa Nui people, who in 2017 gained self-administration over their ancestral lands on Easter Island, have launched a campaign to recover what they consider one of the most important statues of the nearly 900 scattered across the island. ALSO READ Cameroon: Int'l Day of the African Child - CERAC, Vulnerable Children in Festive MoodWith its scowling eyes, straight-lined mouth and paunchy profile, the monolith stands at the entrance to a gallery in the British Museum. The moai is distinguished by carvings on the back depicting the island’s birdman cult and other ceremonial aspects of Easter Island’s enigmatic past. The Rapa Nui believe it brought peace to the island around the year 1000, ending inter-tribal wars. Bolton said the team had traveled to the island at local leaders’ invitation, wanted to hear what they had to say and were eager to learn more about their culture, according to a statement from Chile’s Ministry of National Assets. ALSO READ 29 sympathisants du MRC condamnés à un an de prison ferme - CameroonOnline.orgA team of elders from the island and Chilean officials traveled to London in November, and proposed to the British Museum the idea of giving it a copy of the monolith in exchange for the original. A fibre-based replica of the British Museum monolith, made in the US, is now being used as a model to make a copy in local stone by craftsmen in Chile. Another idea under consideration is for the museum to make a long-term or even permanent loan of the statue to the island. But no deal has been reached. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Cameroon share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleSemenya: IAAF to fight Swiss court testosterone ruling – Journal du Camerounnext articleOluTimehin Adegbeye wins Gerald Kraak Prize | The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World NewsRelated PostsCameroon/June 27, 2019 /No Comment Venezuela says it thwarted ‘coup’ bid – Journal du Cameroun450 shares Cameroon/June 27, 2019 /No Comment Japan faces critics, conflict on environment issues at G20 – Journal du CamerounFake tourists and car crashes: How China blocks reporters in Xinjiang – Journal du CamerounTrump, Kim exchanged 12 letters: S. Korea minister – Journal du CamerounSelfies and the self: what they say about us and society – Journal du CamerounFrom Rio to Rome, a battle for selfie supremacy – Journal du CamerounShowtime: Democrats in spirited first debate of 2020 cycle – Journal du CamerounCameroonians abroad warned off violent demo during Biya trip – CameroonOnline.orgGreenpeace sounds alarm over shark overfishing in North Atlantic – Journal du CamerounMorocco coach Renard hopes to torment Ivory Coast again – Journal du Cameroun Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.