The Easter Island Foundation has recently released Easter Island: The Essential Guide, a book by Kay Kenady Sanger, the foundation’s First Vice-President. According to the publishers, this is the most complete and up-to-date guidebook to Easter Island.
The guide will provide readers with information about exploring the island, important sites to visit, history, archaeology and the Rapanui people, along with where to stay, play, eat and shop. The book is available at Amazon.com for only $20.
It is, however, impossible to tell if the book delivers what it promises. There are no sample chapters, and the description is rather poor. You have to do your own homework, and find out more about the Easter Island Foundation and the book’s author. The foundation itself takes pride in its efforts of promoting the conservation and protection of Easter Island’s fragile cultural heritage. Easter Island: The Essential Guide is part of these efforts, obviously.
The author, Kay Kenady Sanger, aside being the foundation’s Vice-President, is also the author of five books on travel, archaeology and rock art, including Carneros Rocks: Rock Art at a Cultural Boundary; Discovering Prehistoric Rock Art : a Recording Manual; and American Indian Rock Art Volume XV. Kay Kenady Sanger’s experience in the field is astonishing, and the best recommendation to buy her work. She participated in archaeology projects in Costa Rica, Mexico, Easter Island and the western U.S., and spent 20 years teaching courses and writing about the subject. But it’s hart to learn about her amazing career, and her work with deaf children, for example. We needed a Google search to reveal her credentials, when these should probably be on the Easter Island Foundation homepage, as well as accompanying the book description at Amazon.
The foundation needs to step up its efforts in promoting the book if they really want to promote Easter Island’s cultural heritage. A simple announcement on Facebook, on a wall only seen by 63 people, is not enough to get attention. It got ours, by chance, with an advanced Google search for a special editorial we scheduled for next week.