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Singing and Survival: The Music of Easter Island

Dan Bendrups


This book investigates the role that music has played in the development of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) cultural heritage from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. Contrary to prevailing discourses of cultural loss and collapse, it argues that the continuity of Rapanui musical practices can be considered as evidence of cultural survival and continuity. The descriptions of music provided here extend beyond considerations of aesthetics, toward an appreciation of what it means for a once-endangered culture to survive, and to thrive, and the contribution that music can make ... More

Keywords: Easter Island, Rapa Nui, music, Chile, Polynesia, ethnomusicology, culture, survival

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190297039
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190297039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Bendrups, author
Deputy Director (Research), Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University