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The rapanui maíka in society: visual ethnographic approach to uses and social representations of Musa sp. in the island context.

Abstract in spanish

The Musa sp. is a constituent part of the visual landscape of the island plant Rapa Nui, it is called by locals as the maíka and represents one of the most important species of society. It is part of the island species brought to the first migration by hotu matu´a, its relevance not only for this reason , it is more due to is various uses such as food, technology, and fiber and as object exchange. These uses are given in different social spaces, such as domestic. Religious, ritual tapati festival among others. Therefore, it is highly valued by the rapanui people.

Keywords: Musa sp.,maíka,Rapa Nui,image,landscape.
Author: Roberto Rojas. Egresado de Antropología. Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano.
Received: September 30th, 2012, Accepted: December 19th, 2012
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 20 - Santiago, diciembre 2012 - 165/195 pp. - ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.