Sunday, November 05, 2006

Vanishing Cultures

During a recent meeting of adventure travel professionals and enthusiasts, I had the pleasure of hearing Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, deliver a most extraordinary lecture. If you have the chance to hear him speak don't miss it. A short note from his comments: Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures
"One of the intense pleasures of travel is the opportunity to live among peoples who have not forgotten the old ways, who still feel the past in the wind, touch it in stones polished by rain, recognize its taste in the bitter leaves of plants. Just to know that nomadic hunters exist, that jaguar shaman yet journey beyond the Milky Way, that the myths of Athabaskan elders still resonate with meaning, is to remember that our world does not exist in some absolute sense but rather is just one model of reality. The Penan in the forests of Borneo, the Vodoun acolytes in Haiti, the wandering holy men of the Sahara teach us that there are other options, other possibilities, other ways of thinking and interacting with the Earth."

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