Some oral traditions, collected by early visitors to Easter Island, have been considered as possible keys to the decipherment. In particular those by William Thomson in 1886. Thomson had with him photographic reproductions of several tablets and he managed to acquire two tablets when on Easter Island. He eventually coaxed an old man, Ure Vaeiko, rumoured to have studied the hieroglyphic script when young, to read out the texts of several tablets. The texts were transcribed and translated by Alexandre Salmon, a part-Tahitian established there about 1877 by Brander, a trader and plantation owner in Tahiti, to manage his interests on Easter Island. Those texts are riddled with typographical mistakes, misreadings of Salmon's transcriptions, which seem to have been lost. They are reproduced here in their entirety, as they appear in Thomson 1891.
Some hieroglyphic texts have been proposed as possible keys to a decipherment: