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A dramatic film of this voyage, also titled ''Film/{{Kon Tiki|2013}}'', was released in Norway in 2013.

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A dramatic film of this voyage, also titled ''Film/{{Kon Tiki|2013}}'', ''[[Film/KonTiki2012 Kon-Tiki]]'', was released in Norway in 2013.
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A dramatic film of this voyage, also titled ''Film/{{Kon Tiki|2013}}'', was released in Norway in 2013.


At the time the history of the islands of the south Pacific, and specifically how they were settled, was a subject of intense academic debate. The dominant theory at the time was that the islands of Pacific were settled by people who set off from the Asian mainland and traveled eastward. Heyerdahl disagreed. He believed that the south Pacific was settled by people who set off from mainland South America and traveled westward. Heyerdahl contended that the famous moai statues of Easter Island resembled Incan statuary, and that Easter Island myths indicated that peoples from the Americas had settled the island.

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At the time the history of the islands of the south Pacific, and specifically how they were settled, was a subject of intense academic debate. The dominant theory at the time of that era was that the islands of Pacific were settled by people who set off from the Asian mainland and traveled eastward. Heyerdahl disagreed. He believed that the south Pacific was settled by people who set off from mainland South America and traveled westward. Heyerdahl contended that the famous moai statues of Easter Island resembled Incan statuary, and that Easter Island myths indicated that peoples from the Americas had settled the island.



* DissonantSerenity: Heyerdahl when he recounts some of the more dangerous parts of the voyage, like the time two guys got into the little rubber raft attached to the ''Kon-Tiki'' and were nearly left adrift in the open ocean, which almost certainly would have resulted in their deaths. He says it would have been "not very nice".

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* DissonantSerenity: Heyerdahl when he recounts some of the more dangerous parts of the voyage, like the time two guys got into the little rubber raft attached to the ''Kon-Tiki'' and were nearly left adrift in the open ocean, which almost certainly would have resulted in their deaths. He says it would have been "not very nice".


''Kon-Tiki'' is a documentary film from 1951. It is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's]] account of his 1947 voyage with five companions, in a raft, over 6,980 km (4,340 miles) of open ocean, to landfall in the islands of Polynesia.

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''Kon-Tiki'' is a documentary film from 1951. It is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's]] account of his 1947 voyage in the summer of 1947 with five companions, in a raft, over 6,980 km (4,340 miles) of open ocean, from mainland South America to landfall in the islands of Polynesia.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Heyerdahl mentions that at one point they spent five days fighting a brutal storm--which was too bad to allow filming.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The crew of the ''Kon Tiki'' took a pet parrot with them. The parrot stuck with them on the boat for sixty days, until they hit a storm, whereupon the parrot flew away and never came back.

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* DissonantSerenity: Heyerdahl when he recounts some of the more dangerous parts of the voyage, like the time two guys got into the little rubber raft attached to the ''Kon-Tiki'' and were nearly left adrift in the open ocean, which almost certainly would have resulted in their deaths. He says it would have been "not very nice".


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* {{Narrator}}: Thor Heyerdahl, in both the Scandinavian and English versions of the movie.

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* HulaAndLuaus: Well, it's Tahiti, in south Polynesia, not the Hawaiian Islands. But there are still two good-looking women in grass skirts dancing at the end of the movie.
* VehicleTitle: ''Kon-Tiki'' was the name of the raft.


* ExperimentalArcheology: Former TropeNamer as "Kon Tiki Plot". Heyerdahl set out to show that South Americans could have settled Polynesia by doing it himself.

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* ExperimentalArcheology: Former TropeNamer as "Kon Tiki Plot". Heyerdahl set out to show that South Americans could have settled Polynesia by doing it himself.himself.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: A rare 20th century example, as six guys sail over 4000 miles on a goddamn raft.

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* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Heyerdahl cites the similarity of Easter Island moai to Incan art as evidence for his theory.


* ExperimentalArchaeology: Former TropeNamer as "Kon Tiki Plot". Heyerdahl set out to show that South Americans could have settled Polynesia by doing it himself.

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* ExperimentalArchaeology: ExperimentalArcheology: Former TropeNamer as "Kon Tiki Plot". Heyerdahl set out to show that South Americans could have settled Polynesia by doing it himself.

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''Kon-Tiki'' is a documentary film from 1951. It is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl's]] account of his 1947 voyage with five companions, in a raft, over 6,980 km (4,340 miles) of open ocean, to landfall in the islands of Polynesia.

At the time the history of the islands of the south Pacific, and specifically how they were settled, was a subject of intense academic debate. The dominant theory at the time was that the islands of Pacific were settled by people who set off from the Asian mainland and traveled eastward. Heyerdahl disagreed. He believed that the south Pacific was settled by people who set off from mainland South America and traveled westward. Heyerdahl contended that the famous moai statues of Easter Island resembled Incan statuary, and that Easter Island myths indicated that peoples from the Americas had settled the island.

In order to show that his theory was feasible, Heyerdahl and his crew constructed a boat using what would have been available to the ancient South Americans, namely, balsa wood tree trunks and rope. They set out on a voyage that lasted a little over three months, in which they were able to feed themselves from their stored supplies and the fish they caught. Little steering was required as the prevailing wind and ocean currents sent them right where they wanted to go. They made landfall on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raroia Raroia]] atoll.

While Heyerdahl showed that the voyage was feasible, and several other groups duplicated his feat, later research indicates that the original theory of Polynesia being settled in an eastward direction from the Asian mainland is correct.

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* ExperimentalArchaeology: Former TropeNamer as "Kon Tiki Plot". Heyerdahl set out to show that South Americans could have settled Polynesia by doing it himself.

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