What Flag Is That 07.01.21

Easter Island. It is an island and special territory of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. The island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, which were created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

The island has had human activity since 1200. There was a thriving, industrious culture with thousands of citizens. Once land began to be cleared for cultivation and then the introduction of the Polynesian rat brought about deforestation. The Europeans arrived in 1722. (A Dutch ‘explorer’ ‘found’ the island on Ester Sunday and called it such.). Peru practiced slave raiding and by 1877 the population was estimated to be 111. It is the most remote inhabited island in the world.

The flag is a white field with a red (for power) reimiro in the center. The reimiro is a pectoral ornament worn by the people of the island. On each edge of the reimiro is an anthropomorphic symbol of the chiefs or nobels from their ancestors.

A reimiro.
An unusual flag that has the neighbors scratching their heads.

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