The Wayfinders

The Wayfinders

Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

eBook - 2009
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"Many of us are alarmed by the accelerating rates of extinction of plants and animals. But how many of us know that human cultures are going extinct at an even more shocking rate? While biologists estimate that 18 percent of mammals and 11 percent of birds are threatened, and botanists anticipate the loss of 8 percent of flora, anthropologists predict that fully 50 percent of the 7,000 languages spoken around the world today will disappear within our lifetimes. And languages are merely the canaries in the coal mine: what of the knowledge, stories, songs, and ways of seeing encoded in these voices?" "In The Wayfinders, Wade Davis offers a gripping and enlightening account of this urgent crisis. He leads us on a fascinating tour through a handful of indigenous cultures, describing the worldviews they represent and reminding us of the encroaching danger to humankind's survival should they vanish."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780887849695
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (185 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 11, 2016

This is such an amazing book. How we have contorted the ancient cultures to fit our limited and brutal paradigm is enlightening on so many levels. I agree, this should be required reading for high school students, especially now when diversity and culture are on the radar finally.

Feb 08, 2016

An excellent book that should be read by all non-First Nations people, we have a lot to answer for.

Dec 08, 2015

Thought it would have more direct and tangible links to the thesis, instead a lot of loose thoughts....

Nov 06, 2015

As a Native American this book is beautiful and I hope that people read this book.
As a human being this book in perfect and everyone should be required to read this book.

Aug 28, 2014

Author Wade Davis presents some highlights of human cultures that you've probably never heard of. The purpose of the book is to get us to gain an appreciation of these and other cultures so that we may come to their defense before they disappear in a mass extinction of human ingenuity and creativity. These are the stories of us. Davis treats them with respect and delivers them with compelling insight.

Meeseeks Dec 07, 2013

I echo the comments from other reviewers, this book is fascinating and definitely worth a read.

Dec 06, 2013

Brilliant. This really made me think about ideas of progress and knowledge in a different way.

quagga Feb 18, 2010

Wade Davis coined the term "ethnosphere" to describe the wide variety of cultures that span the planet. In the 2009 series of CBC Massey Lectures, he explains "why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world" and why even our concept of what is "modern" hinders our ability to see the benefit to our planet that would come from incorporating non-western cultural viewpoints. For the sake of all of us sharing living space on Earth, we need to open our eyes to better possibilities. The Wayfinders is an impassioned - and very readable - account of vibrant current cultures that are in danger of being lost.

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