In a new series of conversations that we’re publishing on PUNCH, we’re asking leading voices in drinks to have a discussion about the topics that are most important to them. Some events in Thor Heyerdahl’s life, like his contact with Hans F. K. Günther, is particularly affected by this, leading the author to interpretations that goes far beyond current evidence. In an ensuing debate, Eirik Stokke and Reidar Solsvik, wrote a lengthy review of the book which was made public by the Kon-Tiki Museum. The main sail was 15 ft by 18 ft on a yard of bamboo stems lashed together 5. Since its inception in July 2019, Doom Tiki has acted as a counterpoint to the prevailing tiki aesthetic, and has become a guiding light for the category’s future along the way. Often the kind of racism that we face in our circles is more causal, more at the level of microaggressions. Everybody loves tiki bars. MK: You have to consider tiki has been sort of this trend that has had waves that have receded, gone away, and then come back again. If you define racism as an impersonal structure, evidenced by which words are used or whether or not a model of explanation is used, that may have originated one or two generations prior, without any qualifications – well, in that case you may find traces of racism in his writings. We already know it’s racist for white Oregonians to make burritos, and now it’s racist for them to open tiki bars. If you want to do something you can be respectful about it, but you need to talk to people—and not like this monolith of a cultural idea that you’ve built up in your head. Günther’s wife was a friend of Liv’s mother and the young couple wanted an insider’s help to sell their collection of zoological specimens and ethnological and archaeological artefacts. SJ: The drinks genre itself is rooted in colonialism and imperialism. In the autumn of 2019, a young Norwegian historian, Per Ivar Hjeldsbakken Engevold, published a study of Thor Heyerdahl’s work and theories entitled Thor Heyerdahl and the Search for Atlantis. Modern Tiki has a lot of leeways to play with pop culture ideas, but an authentic Tiki environment should always be recognizable as such. Actually, with the new school, I often see a lot of those bars being more thoughtless… There are some that open very carelessly with no thought and no respect to the culture, to the people of the past, and that have no desire to even do that work and research and are only attempting to profit off of this most recent wave of tiki by being like, “Oh, we’re a tiki bar, too. CT: One of the positives I am seeing is, you know, when I’ve given talks, when Sam has articles and when you [Mariah] give talks, I see a lot more people tuning in than I expect … even tried-and-true so-called “tiki personalities,” so that’s a very positive change. Kon-Tiki was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name 5. CT: Part of the reason that we like to cause problems by using satanic iconography [in Doom Tiki] and are kind of disrespecting your religious iconography is because we want to provoke people into actually having to think about what’s problematic. As if you were living in that time. Last year Eirik Stokke and Reidar Solsvik reviewed the most problematic arguments put forward in the book. Thor Heyerdahl dancing on a local festival in Tucumé, Peru (Photo: Walter Leonardi). But again, I think that there needs to be a lot of transparency in the history of rum and colonization and the fact that every single bar in America is on stolen land and maybe cement that has my ancestors’ bones in it. Tagged: ”. So to me, even when I talk to people about tiki and when I try to educate people on our islands and our land and our people and our culture, if I’m being 100 percent honest, I’m like, “You guys can keep tiki if you want tiki,” but recognize that the cultures that you’ve taken a lot of inspiration from—if that’s what you want to call it—cultures that you’ve taken a lot from to create this aesthetic have modern issues that are seriously threatening the future of our people. We are experiencing an error, please try again. Leading the charge in reexamining the genre’s place in modern cocktail culture are Chockie Tom, co-founder of Doom Tiki, a non-appropriative pop-up series, and Mariah Kunkel and Samuel Jimenez, founders of Pasifika Project, an organization by and for people of Oceanic descent working in the hospitality industry. Since this paper corrects some basic facts relating to Thor Heyerdahl’s connection with Hans F. K. Günther, and details some of the evidence found in Heyerdahl’s writings, pointing to him not holding a racist view of cultural development and prehistoric migrations, we make this paper available in a translated and slightly rewritten version: White Gods, White Researchers, White Lies, by Eirik Stokke and Reidar Solsvik (2019). “The events of the past couple of months have put the focus on individual racism, but when you put the Tiki torches away, we’re still left with longstanding structural and institutional racism that affect families of color every day,” Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities told Colorlines. CT: Even the name is annoying for me because as much as we want to switch it to “tropical,” we can’t actually start the conversations and [reach] the people that we want unless we refer to it as “tiki.” Our main focus is to lead by example, to work with different bartenders from different cultures and kind of be like, “You can create an experience that takes you somewhere else without stealing from somebody else’s culture and community.”. It’s not oriented around any of the people that are on this call right now. Originally used in ancient Polynesian and Hawaiian culture, Tiki masks are hand-carved, wooden decorative masks intended to represent deities and bestow specific traits upon the setting in which they're placed. CT: There needs to be cultural exchange, not appropriation. I’ve been in the beverage industry for … about five years. The Bizarre Rise and Fall of the Tiki Bar. Its founders, veteran New York bartenders Austin Hartman and Chockie Tom, were motivated by the genre’s persistent issues of cultural appropriation and overt racism. It’s really about filtering down some of this activism and some of these conversations to see how we can impact a larger audience. Addressing systemic racism requires talking about white supremacy and white institutional culture. This is to the point. These conversations are hardly new. Like tiki bars of the 50's and such--Trader Vics, et al. Despite its retro reputation, Tiki culture is alive and well at the Tiki-Ti. It is particularly Heyerdahl’s theory on the settlement of Polynesia, most comprehensively described in American Indians in the Pacific: The Theory Behind the Kon-Tiki Expedition (1952) that has attracted attention. But in the current climate, in which racial inequities and personal accountability are put under a microscope, tiki’s history of appropriation and cultural insensitivity are receiving overdue attention. Tiki culture ostensibly began when Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt opened the first Don the Beachcomber bar in Hollywood in 1933, decorated with the souvenirs of his own voyages around the South Pacific. SJ: As messed up as it may be, I think there is a little bit of validity to the fact that Polynesian pop and tiki allowed for people to open themselves up to Pasifika cultures… The majority didn’t do it and don’t care about it, but there have been the few that have gone on to do the work to further understand why these things are problematic. It’s totally unfair to look at it from a hundred-and-fifty odd years later and pass judgement on what those people did without knowing what their values were and what the laws were even. The Tiki culture began in 1934 with Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt's opening of Don the Beachcomber. His work originated and reflected his view of humanity. This means first of all that the figure of the Tiki, in carved and in … MK: To me it comes back to understanding how tiki sort of adds to the representation of colonized people, of indigenous women and how that continues to communicate how we value these cultures, these people—women especially—and I would really like to move past that. Why has this argument not framed the discussion of Thor Heyerdahl’s work and theories until now? On their way home to Norway, the couple visited the German race ideologist Hans F. K. Günther in Berlin. Such images may generate headlines, but white supremacy manifests in other ways that are far more insidious and damaging. The book purports to be an in-depth study of Heyerdahl’s theoretical framework. … I personally identify as Black and Indigenous. Is the mid-century pop culture tiki theme considered offensive to native Hawaiian people in any way? These theories are highly debatable propositions and understanding what is going on with Tiki culture is a perfect example of their flaws as a framework. In the 1920s, when the Klan was four million people and 10 percent of the state of Indiana, that era is characterized not only by what you would expect now, meaning White supremacism, racism, nativism, and violence, but also by 1920s cultural markers. It can’t be a thing. MK: I think [progress] does require a lot of conversation, a lot of opening up to uncomfortable situations. Say white supremacy and many people envision white hoods or tiki torches. However, this one-time visit is the only contact between the two on record. 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