Easter Island - Orongo
There is a common misconception that Aliens were responsible for erecting the Moai on Easter Island (thanks history channel), and that the Rapa Nui people completely wiped themselves out through all manner of strange behaviour. The reality is very different. The Rapa Nui people certainly had some issues around deforestation, not that surprising on an island that is 20kms long, think about that, but got things together. This location, Orongo, is famous for the annual Birdman competition. This was a festival held on the island that helped determine who would manage resources on the island for the following year. This helped maintain the survival of the wider community. It was a mad event, google it.
The reality of how the Rapa Nui People were nearly wiped out involves colonisation, disease, slavery and ultimately the usual filth the Europeans inflicted upon all first nations people. There is a strong Rapa Nui culture still on Easter Island, they still have battles with the Chilean overlords and the influx of tourism, a double edged sword, but are a proud people determined to maintain a strong tie to the past.
This is a 7 shot, hand held HDR image (combined in post) from the Olympus EM1mk2. @olympus_au #olympusinspired