Episode 5 of Bughouse Square is out! Read the Story

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Noted Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl discusses his most recent book

BROADCAST: Oct. 9, 1981 | DURATION: 00:52:38

Synopsis

Noted Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl discusses his most recent book "The Tigris Expedition: In Search of Our Beginnings" in which Heyerdahl and a crew of 10 men built a reed boat in Iraq and sailed it through the Persian Gulf, around the Horn of Africa, to Pakistan and eventually the Red Sea. Their goal was to prove that the ancient peoples of Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley could have been in contact through marine trade and migration. Terkel and Heyerdahl also discuss problems the crew encountered, what they learned, and the contemporary political climate in which the expedition took place from November 1977-April 3, 1978, when the crew burned the Tigris in Djibouti in protest of the wars ravaging the Middle East. The interview also touches on Heyerdahl's previous expeditions, Ra, Ra II, and Kon-Tiki.