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Can Geo Talks: Spring 2010

“Why Ancient Wisdom Matters”
Exploration and discovery with anthropologist Wade Davis

Photo: Wade Davis
Join internationally renowned anthropologist Wade Davis on a journey to the world’s ancient cultures. Learn about the wayfinders in the islands of Polynesia, the lost civilization of the Anaconda in the Amazon rainforest, the aborigines of Australia, the Nepalese Buddhists and the nomadic Penan of the Borneo forests.

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.

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