Davis, who was born and raised in Canada, offers insight into the world views of indigenous cultures and reminds us of the precariousness of their existence. Anthropologists predict that 50 percent of the 7,000 languages spoken around the world today will disappear within our lifetime. What does this mean for the future of the knowledge, stories and songs of these voices? Davis argues that the artistic, intellectual and spiritual expression and diversity of the human experience is at risk.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is pleased to welcome Wade Davis, the Society’s 2009 Gold Medallist, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker and best-selling author, to the Speaker Series. His most recent book, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, was the subject of the 2009 CBC Massey Lectures. Davis is currently a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and divides his time between Washington, D.C., and northern British Columbia.
Wade Davis will be available for book signing after his presentation. Copies of The Wayfinders will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Society’s education programs.