In this article, speeches from the governor of Easter Island are mentionned. She said, mentionning the statues on the Easter Island in the British Museum:
"You have our soul"
However I am surprised of that sentence, if we take it at the first degree. According to my web research, the first Pacuans built the statues. Most of the Pacuans were killed by civil conflicts and foreign invasion (but not British), and the statues were destroyed or left unused until the Europeans came in.
So what would be the basis for a current inhabitant of the Easter Island to say that the "statues" are its soul, since they were not considered by its "familial" ancestors, despite the geographical continuity?