The year is 1947 five norwegian guys, a swede and a parrot named lorita have decided to climb aboard a homemade wooden raft and begin a 6,700km journey from peru to polynesia. Inspired by reports from spanish conquistadors of inca rafts, native legends and archaeological evidence suggesting contact between south america and polynesia, the norwegian explorer and writer thor heyerdahl made a balsa wood raft journey across the pacific ocean from peru to the polynesian islands in 1947 the raft was named kon-tiki, another name for the inca sun god viracocha. The film is the dramatized story of thor heyerdahl's 1947 voyage on the balsa raft kon-tiki from peru to polynesia heyerdahl modelled the raft on ancient inca balsawood vessels and voyaged 4,300 nautical miles across the pacific ocean with four fellow norwegians and a swede to prove his theory that people from south america could have settled.
Today (august 7, 2017) marks the 70th anniversary of thor heyerdahl’s amazing 4300-mile, 101-day sailing of a balsa wood raft named kon-tiki from peru to an island near tahitiand i got to see kon-tiki in oslo recently heyerdahl was a norwegian anthropologist he and his wife spent a year living on the island of fatu hiva in the south pacific. Kon-tiki might as well open with once upon a time this handsome dramatization of norwegian explorer thor heyerdahl's 1947 raft voyage from peru to polynesia has the feel of a boy's. Kon-tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure - a journey 4,300 nautical miles across the pacific ocean by raft intrigued by polynesian folklore, biologist thor heyerdahl suspected that the south sea islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by the mythical hero kon-tiki. Thor heyerdahl was born in larvik, norway on october 6, 1914 his father worked as a brewer while heyerdahl’s mother held a leadership position at a local museum heyerdahl spent his childhood trekking through the forest at the edge of town and then climbing mountains with his pet husky.
Kon-tiki was the raft used by norwegian explorer and writer thor heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition from peru to the tuamotu islands it was named after the inca sun god, viracocha, for whom kon-tiki was said to be an old name. Norwegian anthropologist thor heyerdahl with a model of the balsa raft [kon-tiki] on which he drifted 4,300 miles from peru to the tuamotu islands, proving his theory that polynesia could originally have been populated by south americans. By: deborah kogan ray “one day my theory was complete i must go to america and put it forward” —thor heyerdahl, norwegian anthropologist, 1946 thor heyerdahl was convinced that ancient incans traveled a 5,000 mile journey from south america to the south pacific by raft.
A most notable naysayer was ethnologist thor heyerdahl whose 1947 kon tiki raft expedition advanced the drift idea that colonization occurred only as vessels simply traveled on the tides. The racial theory of polynesian origins scott magelssen tdr: the drama review, volume 60, number 1, spring 2016 (t229), pp 25-49 white-skinned gods thor heyerdahl, the kon-tikimuseum, i spent most of my life only vaguely understanding the significance of thor heyerdahl in 1947 the norwegian adventurer built a log raft using ancient. Thor heyerdahl was convinced that ancient incans traveled a 5,000 mile journey from south america to the south pacific by raft impossible that’s what everyone told him when he spoke of his theory he was determined to prove them wrong in 1947, thor heyerdahl and a five-man crew travelled to. On this day in 1947, kon-tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by norwegian anthropologist thor heyerdahl, completes a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from peru to raroia in the tuamotu archipelago, near.
Norwegian adventurer thor heyerdahl (pål sverre hagen) suspects that the south sea islands were originally colonized by south americans in 1947 despite his fear of water and inability to swim, heyerdahl decides to prove his theory. Anthropologist thor heyerdahl historical badass anthropologist thor heyerdahl the kon-tiki (above) was the name of the craft he and five crew used to cross the pacific from peru to tahiti in 1947, when the young anthropologist sought to prove his theory that the southeast asian archipelagos were settled not from the asian mainland, but. Buy a cheap copy of kon-tiki ekspedisjonen book by thor heyerdahl on april 28, 1947, heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from peru on a balsa log raft after three months on the open sea,encountering raging storms, whales free shipping over $10. The word symbolizes the theory and the adventure behind crossing the pacific ocean on a balsa raft, and it is the name given to the raft constructed by thor heyerdahl and his five selected companions.
In april 1947, norwegian explorer thor heyerdahl set out to prove his theory that the people of south america could have settled in the islands of polynesia. In 1947 thor heyerdahl sailed a simple raft from peru to polynesia, following the ocean currents for more than 6,000 kilometers which statement accurately describes what heyerdahl proved by this voyage. To prove his theory, heyerdahl decided to build a replica of the indian balsa wood rafts and intellectual abilities he has for example created classical books as the kon-tiki expedition and aku-aku, als thor heyerdahl am 28 april 1947 mit seinem selbstgebauten balsaholz-floß kon-tiki von peru aus in die südsee aufbricht, gilt.
Thor heyerdahl gained worldwide fame in 1947 when he crossed the pacific ocean on a primitive balsa wood raft to prove his theory that south americans could have originally populated polynesia on the 100th anniversary of heyerdahl’s birth, look back at his historic kon-tiki voyage. Thor heyerdahl clung to kon-tiki, his balsa wood raft, for 4,300 miles to show that polynesia could have been colonised from south america rather than asia as commonly thought but despite. Thor heyerdahl – the kon-tiki man – the great norwegian explorer today 6 october 2015 he would have been 101 years old thor heyerdahl (1914-2002) gained worldwide fame when he crossed the pacific ocean on the balsawood raft kon-tiki in 1947. Thor heyerdahl was born into an upper-class family in the coastal village of larvik, norway, in 1914 his father, thor, was president of a brewery and a mineral water plant, and his mother, alison lyng heyerdahl, was chairman of the larvik museum.