The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

Davis, Wade

Editorial House Of Anansi Press
Fecha de edición octubre 2009 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9780887847660
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Ethnographer and anthropologist Davis extends his urgent inquiry into the ethos of diverse and imperiled indigenous cultures in his latest trenchant disquisition. Stressing the importance of preserving not only nature but also cultures that have for millennia inspired people to live ecologically sustainable lives, Davis, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, voyages with a Polynesian wayfinder skilled in the ancient art of navigation based solely on reading the sky, wind, and ocean. The wayfinders deep concentration, phenomenal memory, and extraordinary use of dead reckoningYou only know where you are by knowing precisely where you have been and how you got to where you areset the paradigm for this book of wonders. As Davis visits indigenous peoples in the Amazon, the Andes, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Australia, Borneo, and the Arctic, he portrays societies that do not seek to improve upon nature, but to sustain the world. Imagine preservation as a spiritual duty, ones relationship with nature as reciprocal rather than consuming. This defender of the ethnosphere, humankinds collective knowledge, observes that we have reduced our planet to a commodity, but we havent lost our ingenuity. If we protect these endangered societies, we can learn from them.




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