HOW TO MAKE WALKING MOAI
"Don Pedoro, Mayor,"I said, "now perhaps you can tell me
how your ancestors moved the figures round about on the island."
"They went of themselves, they walked," the mayor replied glibly.
"Rubbish,"I said disappointed and slightly irritated.
"Take it easy! I believe that they walked, and we must
respect our forefathers who have said that they walked.
But the forfathers who told me that not seen it with their
own eyes, so who knows if their forefathers did not use a
miro manga erua?"
The mayor drew on the ground a Y-shaped figure with
crosspieces, and explained that it was a sledge made from
a forked tree trunk.
"At any rate they used those to drag the big blocks for the
wall," he added by way of a cocession. "And they made thick
ropes from the tough bark of the hau-hau tree, as thick as the
hawsers you have on board. I can make you a specimen. I can
make a miro manga erua too."