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Main Title The ragged edge of the world : encounters at the frontier where modernity, wildlands, and Indigenous peoples meet /
Author Linden, Eugene.
Publisher Viking,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 650211172
ISBN 9780670022519; 0670022519
Subjects Indigenous peoples--Social conditions ; Ethnoecology ; Indigenous peoples--History ; First contact (Anthropology)--History ; Grenzgebiet ; Indigenes Volk ; Artensterben ; Lebensraum ; Umweltschaden ; Human ecology ; Indigenous peoples--Ecology ; First contact of aboriginal peoples with Westerners--History
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EOAM  GN380.L555 2011 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 05/14/2019
Collation viii, 260 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Contents Notes
Vietnam 1994 -- An elusive butterfly in Borneo -- New Guinea: the godsend of Cargo -- New Guinea redux -- Polynesia lost and found -- Rapa Nui: the other side of the story -- Bangui, Bayanga and Bouar -- Equateur devolving -- Travels with Jane -- Listening to pygmies -- Unfreezing time -- The Arctic -- The wolf at the door -- The lost worlds of Cuba -- Midway -- In the forests it's good to be a pygmy -- Shamans, healers and experiences I can't explain -- Esotéricas. A species nearing extinction, a tribe losing the last traces of an accumulation of centuries of knowledge, a tract of forest virtually untouched since prehistoric times facing the first incursions of humans--how can we begin to assess the cost of the increasing disappearance of so much of our natural and cultural legacy? While these losses occasionally garner headlines, the pressures on earth's remaining wildlands and tribal peoples are unremitting and mounting. For forty years Eugene Linden has explored environmental issues in a series of critically acclaimed books and in articles for publications ranging from National Geographic and Time to Foreign Affairs. His diverse assignments have frequently taken him to the very sites where tradition, wild-lands and the various forces of modernity collide. In The Ragged Edge of the World, he recounts his adventures at this volatile frontier, where he has witnessed the dramatic transformations that follow in the wake of money, development and ideas as they make their way into the world's last wild places. Linden tells this story through encounters at this movable frontier. He takes us from Vietnam--where exciting new species are being discovered near the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail--to New Guinea and Borneo; from pygmy forests to Machu Picchu; from the Antarctic, where the entire ecosystem is changing, to the Ndoki, long celebrated as the most pristine rainforest in the Congo, which, even though it now has protection, suffers impacts from the outside world as dust, a portent of an ominous drying, blows in from the north. Even in the face of so much harm, however, many efforts at preservation have succeeded, and Linden charts such pioneering projects as the protection of Midway Atoll's vast albatross colony and Cuba's vigilant guardianship of its spectacularly beautiful landscape. An elegy for what has been lost and a celebration of those cultures resilient enough to maintain their vibrancy and integrity, The Ragged Edge of the World captures the world at a turning point with a compelling immediacy that brings alive the people, animals and landscapes on the front lines, as change continues its remorseless march. --Book Jacket.