Hvad betyder Kon-Tiki?


Navnet KonTiki, stammer fra den norske eventyrer, Thor Heyerdahl. Han stod i 1947 i spidsen for en 6 mands stor besætning, der alene ved vind og strøm, beviste at en simpel tømmerflåde, lavet af balsa-træ, kunne sejle de 8000 km fra Peru til Polynesien. Denne tømmerflåde blev døbt Kon-Tiki, efter en 1500 år gammel solkonge. Blandt storme, hajer og mange andre farer, lykkedes rejsen på 101 dage. Den originale Kon-Tiki flåde, er i dag udstillet i Norge på Kon-Tiki museet.

The Kon-Tiki Expedition
The balsawood raft Kon-Tiki was built in Peru in 1947 using long logs from Equador. A crew of six sailed her from Callào in Peru to the island of Raroia in Polynesia. In 101 days the Kon-Tiki put behind her around 5,000 miles of the Pasific Ocean. The trip proved that Polynesia was indeed within the range of balsawood rafts from South America. A documentary of the voyage won an Oscar in 1951, and the book about the expedition has been translated into no fewer than 66 languages.


Thor Heyerdahl
Born in Larvik in Southern Norway in 1914, Thor Heyerdahl was originally a student in zoology and in 1936 he travelled with his wife to the Marquesas Islands in the Pacific to study their wildlife. However, he was soon more concerned withthe issue of how these islands were originally populated. The consensus was that Polynesia was populated from the west, but Heyerdahl noticed that the prevailing winds winds and currents ran from east to west so its peoples could have travelled across the sea from South America.

In 1947 he mounted the Kon-Tiki Expedition to prove that this was possible, using a copy of the balsawood floats used by the South American Indians in ancient times. This adventure was followed by many more expeditions: trips to the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island; voyages in the Ra I, Ra II and Tigris; and trips to the Maldives, Easter Island again and then Peru.

Heyerdahl died in 2002.