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The wayfinders : why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world

Author: Wade Davis
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2009.
Series: Massey lectures series.
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"Many of us are alarmed by the accelerating rates of extinction of plants and animals. But how many of us know that human cultures are going extinct at an even more shocking rate? While biologists estimate that 18 percent of mammals and 11 percent of birds are threatened, and botanists anticipate the loss of 8 percent of flora, anthropologists predict that fully 50 percent of the 7,000 languages spoken around the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wade Davis
ISBN: 9780887848421 0887848427 9780887847660 0887847668
OCLC Number: 316027327
Notes: "This book comprises the 2009 Massey Lectures, 'The Wayfinders,' broadcast in November 2009 as part of CBC Radio's Ideas series"--P. [i].
Description: 262 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Season of the brown hyena --
The wayfinders --
Peoples of Anaconda --
Sacred geography --
Century of the wind.
Series Title: Massey lectures series.
Responsibility: Wade Davis.

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"Many of us are alarmed by the accelerating rates of extinction of plants and animals. But how many of us know that human cultures are going extinct at an even more shocking rate? While biologists estimate that 18 percent of mammals and 11 percent of birds are threatened, and botanists anticipate the loss of 8 percent of flora, anthropologists predict that fully 50 percent of the 7,000 languages spoken around the world today will disappear within our lifetimes. And languages are merely the canaries in the coal mine: what of the knowledge, stories, songs, and ways of seeing encoded in these voices?" "In The Wayfinders, Wade Davis offers a gripping and enlightening account of this urgent crisis. He leads us on a fascinating tour through a handful of indigenous cultures, describing the worldviews they represent and reminding us of the encroaching danger to humankind's survival should they vanish."--BOOK JACKET.

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