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This is an enthralling book," Hamilton Lasso wrote in The New Yorker of Kon-Tiki , "and I don't think I can be very far off in calling it the most absorbing sea tale of our time. Kon-Tiki is the story of how he and five others built the raft, as people of the Stone Age could build it, and traveled in it from Peru to a small island east of Tahitia "most fascinating description of intelligent courage. He has adduced further corroboration of his theory from the findings in The Archaeology of Easter Island In the spring of , Heyerdahl was engaged in a new experimentplanning to cross the Atlantic from Morocco to Yucatan in a ton papyrus boat that he and others built themselves in the manner of the ancient Egyptians. In spite of general skepticism as to whether the boat, called the Ra, could make the journey without sinking when it became thoroughly water-soaked, Heyerdahl and six others set out in full confidence.

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Kon-Tiki is also the name of Heyerdahl's book, the Academy Award -winning documentary film chronicling his adventures, and the dramatized feature film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. His aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so. Although the expedition carried some modern equipment, such as a radio, watches, charts, sextant , and metal knives, Heyerdahl argued they were incidental to the purpose of proving that the raft itself could make the journey. The Kon-Tiki expedition was funded by private loans, along with donations of equipment from the United States Army. Heyerdahl and a small team went to Peru , where, with the help of dockyard facilities provided by the Peruvian authorities, they constructed the raft out of balsa logs and other native materials in an indigenous style as recorded in illustrations by Spanish conquistadores. The trip began on April 28,

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