Kon-Tiki


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Kon-Tiki

 

(named after the god of the Incas), the name of a raft made of balsa wood, with a reed sail, which was modeled on ancient Peruvian rafts. In 1947 the Norwegian ethnologist T. Heyerdahl and five companions, taking advantage of favorable currents and trade winds, spent 101 days aboard the KonTiki (approximately 100 sq m in area), sailing the 8,000 km from Callao (Peru) to the Tuamotu Islands in the Pacific Ocean in order to demonstrate the possibility that Polynesia might have been settled from the east. The raft is preserved in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo (Norway).

Kon-Tiki

tale of raft trip taken to prove sea-borne migration of peoples and culture. [Pacific Hist.: Kon-Tiki]

Kon-Tiki

primitive raft used by Thor Heyerdahl to cross from Peru to the Tuamotu Islands (1947). [World Hist.: Kon-Tiki; NCE, 1238–1239]
See: Journey
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Como ya es historia conocida, luego de 101 dias de navegacion la Kon-Tiki llego al atolon de Raroia, en la Polinesia francesa.
For ensuring authenticity, he built the Kon-Tiki out of balsa logs, using the same construction methods and materials that were available to the ancient Peruvians.
Kon-Tiki captures all the danger, excitement and sheer natural beauty of a true man-versus-nature.
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Equipped with a vintage compass, information gleaned from public libraries, and an excess of confidence possibly inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki experiment, he set sail from Darwin.
Heyerdahl, who was 87, is best known for his archaeological projects - the most famous was the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947 where he proved that people from South America could have reached the islands of Polynesia using prehistoric vessels.
Heyerdahl is best known for his archaeological projects - the most famous was the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947 where Heyerdahl proved that people from South America could have reached the islands of Polynesia using prehistoric vessels.
During intermissions at the clubs, Montez dedicated his time to composing such notable tunes as African Fantasy, Kon-Tiki, Jungle Sunset, ChaChaCha Por Nueva York and Swinging at the M, a tune created while at the "M" Club and the group's theme song during their three-year stint as the house band.
Around 1460, Tupa first beheld the ocean near Manta, Ecuador, where the creator, Kon-Tiki Viracocha, had bidden farewell to his people and set out across the Pacific by walking on the water.
The Norwegian scientist and explorer best known for his 1947 Kon-Tiki voyage accepted a research post with the University of Maine, the school announced Tuesday.