Thor Heyerdahl Aku-Aku - The Secret of Easter Island
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Thor Heyerdahl

Aku-Aku - The Secret of Easter Island

Rand McNally 1958
First American Edition

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FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Chicago / New York / San Francisco, Rand McNally & Company, 1958. Octavo. 384 pages. Stated "First printing, July, 1958." Original Hardcover with illustrated dust jacket . Price of $6.95 on front flap of jacket. Some shelf wear and rubbing to the dust jacket. Overall very good copy.

Aku-Aku: the Secret of Easter Island is a 1957 book by Thor Heyerdahl, published in English the following year. The book describes the 1955-56 Norwegian Archaeological Expedition's investigations of Polynesian history and culture at Easter Island, the Austral Islands of Rapa Iti and Raivavae, and the Marquesas Islands of Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa. Visits to Pitcairn Island, Mangareva and Tahiti are described as well. By far the greatest part of the book tells of the work on Easter Island, where the expedition investigated the giant stone statues (moai), the quarries at Rano Raraku and Puna Pau, the ceremonial village of Orongo on Rano Kau, as well as many other sites throughout the island. Much of the book's interest derives from the interaction of the expedition staff, from their base at Anakena beach, with the Easter Islanders themselves, who lived mainly in the village of Hanga Roa. The book and a follow-up film of the same name made a major contribution to general public awareness of both the island and the statues. (Wikipedia)