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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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Every culture is a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive' In The Wayfinders, renowned anthropologist, winner of the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis leads us on a thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world's indigenous cultures. In Polynesia we set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Davis, Wade.
Wayfinders.
Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009929674
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wade Davis
ISBN: 9780887849695 0887849695
OCLC Number: 754714742
Notes: "This book comprises the 2009 Massey Lectures, 'The Wayfinders, ' broadcast in November 2009 as part of CBC Radio's Ideas series"--Page [i].
Description: 1 online resource (262 pages).
Series Title: Massey lectures series.
Responsibility: Wade Davis.

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Every culture is a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive' In The Wayfinders, renowned anthropologist, winner of the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis leads us on a thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world's indigenous cultures. In Polynesia we set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific ten centuries before Christ. In the Amazon we meet the descendants of a true lost civilization, the Peoples of the Anaconda. In the Andes we discover that the earth really is alive, while in Australia we experience Dreamtime, the all-embracing philosophy of the first humans to walk out of Africa. We then travel to Nepal, where we encounter a wisdom hero, a Bodhisattva, who emerges from forty-five years of Buddhist retreat and solitude. And finally we settle in Borneo, where the last rainforest nomads struggle to survive. Understanding the lessons of this journey will be our mission for the next century. For at risk is the human legacy -- a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination. Rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our time.

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