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The Wayfinders

Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Every culture is a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? In The Wayfinders, renowned anthropologist, winner of the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis leads us on a thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world's indigenous cultures.

In Polynesia, we set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific 10 centuries before Christ. In the Amazon, we meet the descendants of a true lost civilization, the Peoples of the Anaconda. In the Andes, we discover that the earth really is alive, while in Australia we experience Dreamtime, the all-embracing philosophy of the first humans to walk out of Africa. We then travel to Nepal, where we encounter a wisdom hero, a Bodhisattva, who emerges from 45 years of Buddhist retreat and solitude. And, finally, we settle in Borneo, where the last rain forest nomads struggle to survive.

Understanding the lessons of this journey will be our mission for the next century. For at risk is the human legacy - a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalog of the imagination. Rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our time.

©2009 Wade Davis (P)2017 Tantor

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If I could give six stars...

Once again, Mr Davis has produced a well researched and very well thought out book with graphic personal experiences illustrating the very important points so topical in today’s world.

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Beautiful

I really enjoyed trying to understand the ancient ways of living but cringe at the direction we are currently taking.

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  • Azura S
  • 26-10-2018

A Shocking Tale Of The Demise Of Humanity

This is an incredible book and if the narration is a little dry, it is worth putting up with. It looks at the cost of human "progress" as more than half of the earth's languages will be shed in the next 2 decades. One is lost every fortnight! It's a well put together tale but lacks a narrative that returns to the "big picture" after it turns to specific case studies. I'd happily learn more if it was available. Highly recommended.

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  • Jeffery Culver
  • 03-10-2018

Great content.

The content is great however I found the narration to be a bit stilted and stiff.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-2018

so much I didn't know!

I absolutely love it. it helps put life in perspective and encourages introspective thought. it's great for a short road trip.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2019

fascinating and profound

have been devouring Wade's work since discovering it. he succinctly champions the importance of the culture, spirituality and way of life of indigenous groups around the world. I hope the world wakes up in time to teach us about true sustainability, before they are lost forever

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  • Phil A
  • 22-12-2018

Great listen!

Very good. Well narrated. Insightful review of genetics and the role scientists believe they play in the development of human society. I wonder... could there be more than just genetics and work?

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  • Reimo Tugi
  • 17-09-2018

Further enlightenment for modern truth seekers

Written clear and concise, Davis delivered a collection of stories that inspire and awe someone sitting under artificial lights, chipping away at their paperwork or taking the underground to their workplace. Marvel in the ingenuity and sheer wealth of knowledge he uncovers in the peoples under and suffocated by the West. As a plus, short enough to keep one entertained without a need for a break.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2018

An Important book for contemporary issues

Narrator is clear and has a comfortable voice, easy to listen to. An important book today. Ancient wisdom is indeed of need in, we face threats of climate change which our urban and industrial lifestyle will not counteract. Deeper nature knowledge and wisdom is required so that the human race can thrive and survive in line with nature.