Magazine article New Internationalist

The Wayfinders Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Wayfinders Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

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The Wayfinders Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis (House of Anansi, ISBN 0887847668)

Wade Davis is uniquely qualified, as National Geographies 'explorer in residence', to provide readers with a sense of what is being lost as global monoculture sweeps away hundreds of indigenous cultures - from the Penan of upland Borneo to the lnuit of the High Arctic. He has lived with these people and many others in terrains as diverse as the Andean Highlands, the endless sands of the African Kalahari and the islands of Polynesia - a frontline in the struggle against climate chaos.

His anthropologist's appreciation of the skill and spiritual richness that it takes to survive in difficult habitats gives him the urgent awareness that we desperately need these wisdoms as our global environment continues to deteriorate. …

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