The Disappearance Of The Children Of Viracocha, Part 2: Inca Epilogue, Chachapoyas, Rapanui, Aotearoa And Hawaii (cont.)
By Brien Foerster
Barry Brailsford has been the chief investigator of the Kaimanawa wall, aided by American D.H. Childress, and others. Childress, who investigated the site in 1996 when it came to the attention of the outside world, wrote (in A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Armageddon) that:
“...the blocks seem to be a standard one point-eight meters long by one point-five meters high. The bottom block runs straight down to one point-seven meters and beyond. The stone is local ignimbrite, a soft volcanic stone made of compressed sand and ash. The nearest outcrop of such stone is five kilometers away. The blocks run for twenty five meters in a straight line from east to west, and the wall faces due north. The wall consists of approximately ten regular blocks that are seemingly cut and fitted together without mortar.”
Supporting the contention that a pre-Maori people lived in New Zealand are the bones of the kiore, a type of rat alien to New Zealand, which was likely introduced by the first settlers. Some kiore bones have been dated as 2,000 years old -- centuries before the first Maoris arrived.
Kaimanawa stone wall near Lake Taipo in Aotearoa, Photo from Bing Free Images
A cursory look at a map of the currents of the southern Pacific Ocean shows that strong currents move from the Peruvian coast to Rapanui, and continue on in a curve to New Zealand. They then continue on, hook up with the Humboldt Current and return to Peru.
Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 Kon Tiki raft expedition left the port of Callao near Lima and 101 days later reached the Tuamotu Islands. The balsa craft was clearly not as hydrodynamic as a canoe or other ship would be, and the sail configuration, being square and not very “tuneable,” much more like a Viking ship, would not be very efficient.
It is quite possible that Heyerdahl chose this shape because it was in line with the proposed design of his Viking ancestors’ sails, and that there is no record of ship and sail designs in Peru from the distant past, or are there?
Early Spanish depiction of balsa craft off Ecuador, Photo from Bing Free Images
In fact, drawings made by early Spanish seafarers show that the balsa crafts that Pizarro and his crew saw ( and boarded ) had sails which are very similar to those of Polynesian sailing canoes; the so-called crab-claw design; still inn use on the Hawaiian voyaging double hull canoe Hokule’a, and more historically accurate on the Hui O Wa’a Kaulua of Maui’s Mo’olele canoe. Had Heyerdahl chosen instead to depart from Matarani, he may well have wound up landing at Rapanui.
The ability to reasonably easily sail from Aotearoa to Hawaii is a given; as the Maori originally came from Tahiti, according to the archaeological data as well as their own oral traditions. The ancestral homeland of the Maori, at least those of the main wave in the 12th century is called Hawaiiki, and is at the present day named Tahiti.