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Light at the Edge of the World

A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures

by Wade Davis

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published: Jan 2007
ISBN:9781553652670
publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
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An international best-seller when first published, this is Wade Davis's portrait of the richness and diversity of the world's indigenous cultures and why they matter to us all.

 

Davis has travelled the world for more than thirty years, studying the mysteries of sacred plants and celebrating the poetics of culture. His explorations of indigenous life in places as remote and diverse as the Canadian Arctic, the rain forests of Borneo and the Amazon, and the surreal cultural landscape of Haiti have taught him that many of these cultures are in danger of losing their way of life -- a loss that affects humans on a global scale.

 

In Light at the Edge of the World Davis' looks at the "ethnosphere" -- the diversity of ways of thinking and living that traditional cultures have to teach us about our place in the world, and how we affect one another and our surroundings.

About the Author

Wade Davis is an anthropologist, author, and explorer. He is the author of numerous books, including Into the Silence, Sacred Headwaters and The Wayfinders. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

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"Davis is neither naive nor fostering a romantic image of a simple, primeval life. He is asking that we look with a 'broader perspective' at other ways of being in the world."

— The Chronicle Herald

"It's wonderful that this collection of essays is available at a price that makes it accessible to many readers."

— Globe & Mail

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Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures

Wade Davis, one of the world’s leading anthropologists, makes an impassioned plea in words and photographs to preserve the “ethnosphere”—the diversity of cultures inhabiting our planet. He writes about his experiences living in Tibet, the Amazonian rainforest, the Arctic and Haiti. He accompanies the text with breathtaking photographs that portray unique peoples and their equally stunning environment. His rich and detailed accounts are fascinating as he takes the reader along on this intimate journey into the hearts of some of the world’s vanishing cultures.

This is the newly released paper edition.

Caution: This book documents the use of native plants, which act as drugs, to produce altered states by various cultures.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

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