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In honor of the United Nations' Year of Indigenous People, these inspiring essays by the author of In the Wake of the Exxon Valdez are presented with one hundred color photographs of native cultures threatened with extinction. 25,000 first printing.
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Davidson ( In the Wake of the Exxon Valdez ) examines the plight of the nearly 250 million indigenous people whose cultures face extinction in every region of the world. He describes these native populations and shows how their lands, religions, customs and very existence are variously imperiled. He cites threats of development (as in Canada, where the James Bay hydroelectric project will destroy the Cree way of life), repressive governments (exemplified by Indonesia's systematic extermination of the Maubere of East Timor) and political policies that will gradually assimilate native cultures out of existence (as in China). One hundred color photographs of men, women and children in traditional costumes illustrate this plea for the rights of indigenous peoples. Most moving, however, are Davidson's accounts of the individuals with whom he has become friendly--a Yup'ik Eskimo in Alaska, a Kelabit tribesman in Malaysia, a Quechua Indian in Peru, a Maori in New Zealand and many others--all fervently hoping to continue living in the traditions of their ancestors. First serial to Smithsonian.
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Davidson, who has long worked for Native Alaskans' rights, argues eloquently for help in their efforts to survive. Photographs, too, are well used; vivid close-ups capture confident maturity, the patience of long-time survivors, and healthy, open faces of children, with some choice panoramas of their environments. The text combines their testimony and views with Davidson's personal experiences and sharp criticism of callous superpowers and local governments. Many indigenous groups face extinction, some inevitably. Others have capable, articulate, and educated leaders who understand the hazardous, value-based choice to hold with their past as they work on their future. Confident they have something to teach money-oriented cultures about living in harmony with all things, they argue for saving endangered human cultures, too. Virginia Dwyer
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Book Description Sierra Club, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110871564572