What an opener to our literary season! Robin shared an intriguing glimpse into Wade Davis’ life as an anthropologist, botanist and ethnobotanist. Ethnobotany, in case the term is new for you too, is the study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious and other uses. Originally, field work for Harvard and National Geographic drew him to the outermost (innermost?) reaches of this planet. Robin mentioned it would be easier to list where Wade Davis has not been in the world, than where he has gone.
He continues work in areas still almost unknown, living among indigenous communities as a member, and not merely observer. Robin decided to spare us the description of his “dysentery breakfast,” while we were sipping tea and enjoying goodies from the comfort of the Memorial Park Library! He shares his insights through writing, superb photography and speaking engagements. Robin said, “He writes with the soul of a poet.” One of his books is titled The Wayfinders, Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. Thanks to Robin’s talk, I suspect many of us will be wanting to learn more from this explorer/scientist/author.