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The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (CBC Massey Lecture) Paperback – October 13, 2009
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This is a very important book. Its author brings us face to face with what we are losing when we passively accept the forcing of the whole world into the mold of our lives. It is not merely some romantic past that is represented by native resistance. As Davis mentions, the last speaker of a language must bear the tragedy of the vanishing of a whole way life with its unique relationship to landscape and community.Read more ›
The genius and intelligence recognized by modern humanity is only in that of highly advanced technology while the genius of the cultures detailed in The Wayfinders takes many different forms. Each culture is far from trivial but an answer to the questions that come with being human, all of these answers just as impressive as our own. Our tendency is for to look at the naked and painted body of the native as a failed attempt at modernity. A native to be saved by induction into our economic system with all the benefits of employment and monetary exchange. Even until the 1960's some Australian textbooks included the Aboriginals among, "interesting animals of the country".Read more ›
The book explored the various ways different cultures found their way in the world. Some examples: Aborigines practiced environmental stewardships for TENS of thousands of years, although they have no need for the concept of linear time. Polynesian navigators became human supercomputers in order to find specks of land across the vast Pacific Ocean without compasses, sextants, and GPS's. Nomadic tribes in Northern Kenya accrued huge herds of cattle as an adaptation to a land of recurring drought. These practices were all woven elaborately into the customs and traditions of each unique culture; it's all very fascinating stuff.
In modern times, we have a tendency to dismiss these incredible and ingenious achievements that allowed indigenous people to survive and thrive. Sometimes it's unintentional; other times it's outright disturbing. Heyerdahl of the Kon-Tiki fame, ignited the public's imagination with his voyage across the Pacific, but dismissed the reams of evidence that pointed to this great achievement was of Polynesian origins.Read more ›
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A must-read for anyone who cares about humans before and after us. It covers a few ancient peoples, so it is a global voyage of a book. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite books. It has changed the way I look at the world I'm surrounded by. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.Published 1 month ago by Shayan Shokrgozar
Wade Davis is an exceptional writer and The Wayfinders is simply wonderful.Published 2 months ago by Jane Alexander
Too much of a biased point of view. Somehow Wade tries to convey that everything that came before western civilization was idyllic and technology is evil. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Mcintyre
If you are interested in other cultures in this world we all share, this is an excellent book from a world renowned anthropologist. Wade Davis is brilliant!Published 9 months ago by RGM