The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

Paperback CBC Massey Lectures

By (author) Wade Davis

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  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press
  • Format: Paperback | 262 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 13 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Toronto, Canada
  • ISBN 10: 0887847668
  • ISBN 13: 9780887847660
  • Sales rank: 25,026

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Over the past decade, many of us have been alarmed to learn of the rapidly accelerating extinction of our planet's diverse flora and fauna. But how many of us know that our human cultural diversity is also going extinct at a shocking rate? Biologists estimate that 18% of mammals and 11% of birds are threatened, while botanists anticipate the loss of 8% of flora. Meanwhile, of the 7,000 languages in the world today, 50% will disappear in our lifetime. Languages are merely the canaries in the coalmine: what of the poetry, songs, knowledge, and ways of seeing encoded in these disappearing voices? In The Wayfinders, acclaimed anthropologist Wade Davis offers a gripping account of this urgent crisis. He leads us on a fascinating tour through a handful of indigenous cultures and worldviews while reminding us of the encroaching dangers posed by unchecked globalization. An enlightening, awe-inspiring, and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from one of the world's most celebrated and distinguished anthropologists.

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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," and "One River." He is an award-winning anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker, and photographer. Davis currently holds the post of National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and divides his time between Washington, D.C. and northern British Columbia.