UHM Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Dai Ho Chun Endowment for Distinguished Lecturers Present a free public talk by
Explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society and distinguished environmental scientist, author, filmmaker, and speaker
WHY ANCIENT WISDOM MATTERS IN THE MODERN WORLD
Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:30p in the UH-Mānoa Art Auditorium
A celebration of the wonder of the human imagination as expressed in culture.
In Polynesia, the art of navigation allowed the Wayfinders to infuse the entire Pacific Ocean with their imagination and genius. In the Amazon are the descendants of a true Lost Civilization, the People of the Anaconda, a complex of cultures inspired by mythological ancestors who even today dictate how humans must live in the forest. In the Andean Cordillera and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Colombia, you discover that the Earth really is alive, pulsing, responsive in a thousand ways to the spiritual readiness of humankind.
Dreamtime and the Songlines will lead to the melaleuca forests of Arnhem Land.
We seek to understand the subtle philosophy of the first humans to walk out of Africa, the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. In Nepal a stone path takes us to a door opening to reveal the radiant face of a wisdom hero, a Bodhisattva, Tsetsam Ani, a Buddhist nun who forty-five years ago entered lifelong retreat. The flight of a hornbill, like a cursive script of nature, lets us know that we have arrived at last amongst the nomadic Penan in the upland forests of Borneo.
What ultimately we will discover on this journey will be our mission for the next century.
There is a fire burning over the Earth, taking with it plants and animals, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination, an oral and written language composed of the memories of countless elders and healers, warriors, farmers, fishermen, midwives, poets, and saints. In short, the artistic, intellectual, and spiritual expression of the full complexity and diversity of the human experience. Quelling this flame, and rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our times.
Author signing will follow. UH Bookstore will have books available for purchase at the event.