Douglas & McIntyre
Light at the Edge of the World

Book details:

February 2007
ISBN 978-1-55365-267-0
Paperback - Trade
5" x 7 3/4"
224 pages
Social Science / Anthropology
History / Social History HIS054000
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural SOC002010
Cultural Studies
$16.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Light at the Edge of the World

A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures

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 ye


An eloquent, captivating journey into the heart of other ways of being.

Here, in a handy paperback, is the full, critically acclaimed text (without photos) from Wade Davis's popular book of essays and photos originally published under this same title in 2001.

For more than thirty years, renowned anthropologist and plant explorer Wade Davis has traveled the world, studying the mysteries of sacred plants and celebrating the poetics of culture. His passion as an ethnobotanist has brought him to the very center of indigenous life in places as remote and diverse as the Canadian Arctic, the deserts of North Africa, the rain forests of Borneo and the Amazon, the southern Andes and the mountains of Tibet, the swamps of Orinoco, the wilds of northern British Columbia and the surreal cultural landscape of Haiti.

Wade Davis's evocative text, now available in handy, completely redesigned and re-typeset format without photographs, looks at the "ethnosphere" — the wealth of human diversity and what traditional cultures have to teach us about different ways of living and thinking — and points out how dangers facing the ethnosphere could diminish us all.

The ethnosphere is humanity's greatest legacy. It is the product of our dreams, the embodiment of our hopes, the symbol of all that we are and all that we have created as a wildly inquisitive and astonishingly adaptive species.

Wade Davis has degrees in anthropology and biology as well as a Ph.D in ethnobotany from Harvard Univesity. He is currently explorer-in-residence at National Geographic Society. Davis is a popular and critically acclaimed writer whose first book, The Serpent and the Rainbow, has sold over 400,000 copies and is still in print. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C., and spends the summers in the Stikine wilderness of British Columbia.

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