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Light at the Edge of the World: 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 worlds 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.

Synopsis:

An international best-seller when first published, this is Wade Davis's portrait of the richness and diversity of the world's indigenous cultures and why they matter to us all. Davishas travelled the world for more than thirty years, studying the mysteries of sacred plants and celebrating the poetics of culture. His explorations of indigenous life in places as remote and diverse as the Canadian Arctic, the rain forests of Borneo and the Amazon, and the surreal cultural landscape of Haiti have taught him that many of these cultures are in danger of losing their way of life — a loss that affects humans on a global scale. In Light at the Edge of the World Davis' looks at the "ethnosphere" — the diversity of ways of thinking and living that traditional cultures have to teach us about our place in the world, and how we affect one another and our surroundings.

Table of Contents

The wonder of the ethnosphere — The eyelids of wolves — The forest and the stars — The face of the gods — The last nomads — The land of snows — A thousand ways of being.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781926706894
Subtitle:
A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures
Publisher:
Douglas & McIntyre
Author:
Davis, Wade
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Davis, Wade
Subject:
Davis, Wade - Journeys
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology-Central and South America
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070207
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 8.5 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures
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Product details 224 pages Douglas & McIntyre - English 9781926706894 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An international best-seller when first published, this is Wade Davis's portrait of the richness and diversity of the world's indigenous cultures and why they matter to us all. Davishas travelled the world for more than thirty years, studying the mysteries of sacred plants and celebrating the poetics of culture. His explorations of indigenous life in places as remote and diverse as the Canadian Arctic, the rain forests of Borneo and the Amazon, and the surreal cultural landscape of Haiti have taught him that many of these cultures are in danger of losing their way of life — a loss that affects humans on a global scale. In Light at the Edge of the World Davis' looks at the "ethnosphere" — the diversity of ways of thinking and living that traditional cultures have to teach us about our place in the world, and how we affect one another and our surroundings.
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