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    DescriptionEvery culture is a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? Anthropologist 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 people of the Anaconda. In the Andes we discover that the Earth really is alive, while in the far reaches of 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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    Title
    The Wayfinders
    Subtitle
    Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Wade Davis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 262
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 308 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780887847660
    ISBN 10: 0887847668
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JHMC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 02
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    DC22: 305.8
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    B&T Approval Code: A33200000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    DC21: 303.482
    DC22: 303.482
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: HM1271 .D39 2009
    Publisher
    House of Anansi Press
    Imprint name
    House of Anansi Press
    Publication date
    13 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Toronto, Canada
    Author Information
    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.