The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

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House of Anansi, Oct 1, 2009 - Social Science - 272 pages
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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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Bought a book THE WAYFINDERS. Came in on schedule and the condition was as described. In perfect condition. Great book written by an modern day explorer. Service was A1. Thanks. Read full review

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Big and deep, too much for one reading. I think I need to buy this one. (Got it out of the library - always my first choice) Read full review

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Wade Davis is the bestselling author of several books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow, Light at the Edge of the World, One River, and Into the Silence, which won the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction. He is an award-winning anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker, and photographer, and his writing and photographs have been widely published. Davis currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He divides his time between Washington D.C. and northern British Columbia.

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