Author(s): Wade Davis
The most prestigious and eagerly anticipated lecture series of the year, The CBC Massey Lectures are being delivered in 2009 by acclaimed author and anthropologist Wade Davis. Described as a "rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life's diversity," Davis is one of the most authoritative and well-respected cultural anthropologists in the field. In this fascinating work, he offers readers an engaging and insightful firsthand account of the environmental crises threatening indigenous cultures around the globe. An ardent defense of cultural preservation, the book celebrates the rich diversity of indigenous cultures and traditions while serving as a timely reminder of the dangers modernization and globalization pose to traditional ways of life. "The World Is Not Flat" is an enlightening look at vanishing cultures from one of the world's most distinguished anthropologists.Over the past decade, many of us have been alarmed to learn of the rapidly accelerating extinction of our planet's diverse flora and fauna. But how many of us know that our human cultural diversity is also going extinct at a shocking rate? Biologists estimate that 18% of mammals and 11% of birds are threatened, while botanists anticipate the loss of 8% of flora. Meanwhile, of the 7,000 languages in the world today, 50% will disappear in our lifetime. Languages are merely the canaries in the coalmine: what of the poetry, songs, knowledge, and ways of seeing encoded in these disappearing voices? In "The Wayfinders," acclaimed anthropologist Wade Davis offers a gripping account of this urgent crisis. He leads us on a fascinating tour through a handful of indigenous cultures and worldviews while reminding us of the encroaching dangers posed by unchecked globalization. An enlightening, awe-inspiring, and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from one of the world's most celebrated and distinguished anthropologists. Physical Info: 2.03 cms H x 20.07 cms L x 12.70 cms W (0.29 kgs) 262 pages First published 2009.