Flag of Easter Island

The flag of Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Te Reva Reimiro)[2] is the flag of Easter Island, a special territory of Chile. It was first flown in public alongside the national flag on 9 May 2006.[3]

Easter Island
Flag of Rapa Nui, Chile.svg
UseCivil and state flag Small vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flag
Proportion5:8
Adopted9 May 2006
DesignA white flag with a red reimiro in the centre
Easter Island flag 1876 to 1888.svg
UseFormer flag Small vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flag
Proportion3:4
Adopted1880
Relinquished1899
DesignA white flag with a red reimiro in the centre and four black Tangata manu (bird-man) figures in each corner
Flag of Easter Island until 1902.svg
UseFormer flag Small vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flag
Proportion2:3
Adopted19th century
Relinquished1902
DesignA horizontal bicolor of red and white with the blue square ended on the upper hoist-side corner of the red band bearing the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a cross, a miter and vertical red reimiros surrounding.[1]

DepictionEdit

 
Easter Island flag at the Hanga Roa cemetery.

It is a white flag featuring in center a reimiro (a wooden pectoral ornament once worn by the people of Rapa Nui) painted in red (mana), a symbol of power, with two anthropomorphic figures at its edges, representing the Ariki ('chiefs, nobles').[2]

A variant distinctively features four black Tangata manu ('bird-man') at each corner of the flag.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

The Te Reva Reimiro was created by the local population in 1880 for the island to adopt the apparatus of a modern state and hold a state-to-state dialogue with Chile, which eventually annexed the island in 1888.[2]

For many years, the flag was unofficially used by the island's Polynesian population to represent their island, however the official flag was the white and gold flag of the "Municipality of Easter Island". In 2006, it was upgraded to a "Special Territory" and optional use of the Rapa Nui name was allowed in government documents for the first time, with the Reimiro flag adopted as the entity's flag.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bandera de la Isla de Pascua". Revista Sucesos (17): 15. 19 December 1902. p. 383. Retrieved 8 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Cornejo, Cristobal; Salinas, Julio Hotu (6 September 2011). "Campaña promueve uso de banderas de pueblos originarios: Sepa qué significan". El Ciudadano (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  3. ^ Crouch, Alex (6 April 2015). "Easter Island's Flag". The Flag Institute. Retrieved 20 June 2020.