The first issue of the Journal of Austronesian Studies, published in 1953, contained an article by its founder and editor, entitled "THE EASTER ISLAND INSCRIPTIONS with an Interpretation ot the Tablet known as 'Atua-mata-riri'." This was followed by a similar interpretation of the Mamari Tablet. Here is an excerpt from Lanyon-Orgill's translation:
...and a turtle-all by the posts of the hut. And one of the men holds a dart and another an arrow, and a bird with a long beak flies over them and the fire where they have cooked the fish [which they had dug up]. And one of the men stands on some moss and holds his dart, while the other is seated For six nights they stay there-the man holding a dart standing up, and his elder son sitting beside him, and each night the bird with the long beak is there too, and out of the fire one of them pulls forth a fish. Two nights pass and a fish-hook is taken from the fire, and the next night while they are seated there the bird with the long beak pulls a sea-gull from the embers of the fire, and it is placed in front of the posts of the hut. Two nights later one of the men goes into the house of prayer while the other, holding his dart, remains seated outside, and the bird with the long beak takes a spade and out of the fire takes a hen and its young as well as a fish....
The interlinear sign-by-sign translation below shows that much is fanciful fabulation around a few keywords or phrases, many inspired from the Jaussen list, e.g. "Man in the house of prayer," "Hen and its young."
|Turtle. Posts of hut. Man holding a dart. Man. Arrow, dart. Bird with long beak. Fire. ?-fish. Earth; spade. Arrow, dart. Moss. Man holding a dart. To be seated.|
|Moon. Moon. Moon. Moon. Moon. Moon. Man holding a dart. To be seated - elder son. Moon. Bird with long beak. Fire. Hand - fish. Moon. ? - moon. Fish-hook. Moon. Man holding a dart. To be seated - ?.|
|Bird with long beak. Fire - ?. Gull. Posts of hut. Moon. Moon. Man in the house of prayer. Man holding a dart. To be seated. Spade, spear. Bird with long beak. Fire. Hen and its young. Fish. Moon. Moon.|