Looking Out From Rano Kau , Volcano . View From The Birdman Site Of Orongo To Th ...
Stockphoto ID: 2014055
File name: RanoKau_3_ThreeBirdIslands.jpg
Format: film, 35mm
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Source: photographer Based in: Australia
Description: Looking out from Rano Kau , volcano . View from the Birdman site of Orongo to three small islets . The two larger figured in the birdman cult ceremony . Once a year representatives from each clan would gather at the ceremonial village of Orongo and swim to Motu Nui to search for a Sooty Tern egg . On his return , the competitor presented the egg to his chief who became Tangata Manu ( Birdman ) for 1 year .