National Geographic : 1962 Jan
Five-year-old rider handles her reins smart ly on her way to church in Hanga Roa. Faces of Rapa Nui Today's pet, tomorrow's din ner. Chickens give the island ers a major source of protein. The little boy is half Polyne sian, half Chilean. Twelve-year-old descendant of the old stonecutters stands at the village church. Behind the cross lies Brother Eugene Eyraud, the island's first mis sionary. He converted the peo ple before he died in 1868. Polynesian beauty, Maria Pakarati offers a bouquet of geraniums. Her father, Santia go, was host to the author and photographer during their two week stay on the island.