Book of Peoples of the World A Guide to Cultures

ISBN-10: 1426202385

ISBN-13: 9781426202384

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Wade Davis, K. David Harrison, Catherine Herbert Howell, U. S. National Geographic Society Staff

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As cultures and languages disappear from the Earth at a shocking rate, it becomes all the more urgent for us to know and value the world7;s many ethnic identities. National Geographic7;sBook of Peoples of the Worldpropels that important quest with concern, authority, and respect. Created by a team of experts, this hands-on resource offers thorough coverage of more than 200 ethnic groups-some as obscure as the Kallawaya of the Peruvian Andes, numbering fewer than 1,000; others as widespread as the Bengalis of India, 172 million strong. We7;re swept along on a global tour of beliefs, traditions, and challenges, observing the remarkable diversity of human ways as well as the shared experiences. Spectacular photographs reveal how people define themselves and their worlds. Specially commissioned maps show how human beings have developed culture in response to environment. Thought-provoking text examines not only the societies and the regions that produced them, but also the notion of ethnicity itself-its immense impact on history, the effects of immigration on cultural identity, and the threats facing many groups today. Threading through the story are the extraordinary findings of the National Geographic Society7;s Genographic Project-a research initiative to catalog DNA from people around the world, decoding the great map of human migration embedded in our own genetic makeup. At once a comprehensive reference, an appreciation of diversity, and a thoughtful look at our instinct to belong, this uplifting book explores what it means to be human and alive.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 11/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.882
Language: English

Wade Davis was named one of the Explorers for the Millennium by the National Geographic Society. He is an anthropologist and ethnobotanist whose books include the international bestsellerThe Serpent and the Rainbow. K. David Harrison is a linguist whose work with endangered languages is receiving national attention. He conducts expeditions to remote places around the world in his study of global language loss.

Introduction
The Genographic Project
Sub-Saharan Africa
When languages die
North Africa and the Middle East
A life on the move
Asia
To sail by the wisdom of the stars
Oceania
Notes on the world's scales
Europe
Written word, oral word
North America
Making a space to live in
Central and South America
Ethnic Groups of the world
Illustration Credits
Readings and Resources
Index
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