Ask most people what they know about Easter Island and they’ll say, “Isn’t that the island with the statues staring out to sea?” While it is indeed that island, and while the Moai statues are its trademark, stories of cannibalism, cults, and ecocide are other facets of its history that have long given the island’s Polynesian ancestors a bad name. Though Easter Island is just 12 miles long and 7 miles wide, its rich history of war, famine, mystery and ruin rivals that of any ancient metropolis. But what if everything we’ve ever been told about the island and its people is wrong? Notable American archaeologists, Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo, will trace archeological evidence to illustrate the systematic destruction of the island and give modern day descendants a new and inspiring history of their ancestors. Produced by NOVA and WGBH and underwritten by National Geographic.