Light at the Edge of the World by Wade Davis
A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures

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For more than 30 years, renowned anthropologist Wade Davis has traveled the globe, studying the mysteries of sacred plants and celebrating the world’s traditional cultures. His passion as an ethnobotanist has brought him to the very center of indigenous life in places as remote and diverse as the Canadian Arctic, the deserts of North Africa, the rain forests of Borneo, the mountains of Tibet, and the surreal cultural landscape of Haiti. In Light at the Edge of the World, Davis explores the idea that these distinct cultures represent unique visions of life itself and have much to teach the rest of the world about different ways of living and thinking. As he investigates the dark undercurrents tearing people from their past and propelling them into an uncertain future, Davis reiterates that the threats faced by indigenous cultures endanger and diminish all cultures.
 

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Wade Davis is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow and One River, and is an award-winning anthropologist. He currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and divides his time between Washington, D.C., and northern British Columbia.
 
Published December 1, 2009 by Douglas & McIntyre. 224 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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announce that I was staying for a year, and then notify the headman that he and his people were to feed and house me while I studied their lives," writes Davis (Shadows in the Sun: Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire) in the introduction to this stunning collection of photographs that span...

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How do you define the term "culture" when it applies to a people?

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The four episodes included in this series are “Peru – Sacred Geography,” “Polynesia – Wayfinders,” “Himalayas – Science Of The Mind” and “Arctic – Hunters Of The Northern Ice.” Through these four episodes, you will learn of the wealth of knowledge and insight our world is losing every day.

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