Light at the Edge of the World

Light at the Edge of the World

A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures

Book - 2007
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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.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2007.
ISBN: 9781553652670
Characteristics: xiv, 202 p. ;,20 cm.


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Jul 10, 2018

Nice coffee-table book for general readership.

May 07, 2018

A very compassionate series of essays about the cultural consequences of globalization, emphasizing the ethnospheric losses. There are moments when his sympathy get the better of his judgement, as when he says that there are those who are prohibited from speaking and are only allowed to listen to a language for years, after which they have mastered it and are permitted to speak it. And, later in the book (p. 196) he confuses km^2 with sq.kms.
The awkward task now falls on the readers to figure out what to do about what he writes about.

nadian Mar 25, 2011

Brilliant, engaging, inspiring! Wade Davis outlines everything that I, and I assume many other anthropologists, love about the diverse nature of this world and the people that make up the ethnospheric landscape!
A must read for any budding anthropologist, or believer in human diversity!

Aug 14, 2010

An intriguing book by an
anthropologist who points out the sentiments of different ethnic groups around the world and the diverse humanity they bring.

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