Speaker Series: Spring 2010
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.
|Photo: Wade Davis|
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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“Nanuk, the Inuit word for polar bear, symbolizes the Arctic more than any other animal. Like the surrounding landscape, the polar bear is impressive in its sheer size and rugged beauty”
— Ian Stirling, Research Scientist Emeritus, Environment Canada