Each year, about 100,000 people visit Easter Island to see its famous giant statues, called moai (MOH-eye). There are more than 850 moai on the small island, which is part of Chile. The island’s native people, the Rapa Nui (RAH-puh NOO-ee), carved the moai between 400 and 900 years ago. The statues honored important people in their society.
But it’s a moai on the other side of the world in London, England, that has a lot of people talking. The stone giant is one of the most popular exhibits at the British Museum.
That may not be the case for much longer. This summer, the government of Chile announced that it will try to get the statue back from the museum.