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Overview

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 world’s many ethnic identities. National Geographic’s Book of Peoples of the World propels 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. We’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 Society’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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426202384
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 453,606
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

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 bestseller The 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

The Genographic Project 12

Sub-Saharan Africa 18

When languages die K. David Harrison Harrison, K. David 58

North Africa and the Middle East 62

A life on the move K. David Harrison Harrison, K. David 86

Asia 90

To sail by the wisdom of the stars K. David Harrison Harrison, K. David 142

Oceania 146

Notes on the world's scales Miranda Weinberg Weinberg, Miranda 188

Europe 192

Written word, oral word Robert E. Hart Hart, Robert E. 252

North America 256

Making a space to live in K. David Harrison Harrison, K. David 300

Central and South America 304

Ethnic Groups of the world 358

Illustration Credits 377

Readings and Resources 378

Index 379

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