The most complete collection of legends about Easter Island by Father Sebastián Englert, a Capuchin who entered the Rapanui culture living on the island for more than 30 years until his death, exercising both ecclesiastical and academic work. He learned the Rapanui language, which opened the doors to the oral tradition that the different families treasured.
During his long stay he met important informants who still had valuable knowledge about legends and customs. According to his own words, “two are distinguished by their special aptitude: Juan Tepano, descendant of the Tupahotu tribe, a man of seventy years of age, is one of those natives who keep the most detailed memories of old ways; Well, his mother was around a hundred years old … he was an eyewitness to ancient, nowadays lost customs. From this source Juan Tepano has taken his memories and has been able to provide us with valuable details. We will forever keep feelings of affection and gratitude for him and the other natives.