Monthly Archives: December 2013

The ethnosphere – Wade Davis

Wade Davis explains that all the many cultures of the world “as well as thousands of others that might readily have found a place in this book, make up an intellectual, social, and spiritual web of life that envelops the … Continue reading

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Ethnicity – K David Harrison

K David Harrison writes: “How many ethnic groups are there in the world? A complete list of them all would have well over 10,000 entries, and perhaps many more. The exact number is unknown and ever changing. Ethnicity itself remains … Continue reading

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Our Islands, Our Selves

I really like this book (Our Islands, Our Selves: A History of Conservation in New Zealand). It might be ten years old, but it’s got heaps of interesting information in it and I’m annoyed it doesn’t pop up easily on … Continue reading

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The germinal leaves of later life

“A child that plays thoroughly, with self active determination …will surely be a determined man … play at this time is not trivial, it is highly serious and of deep significance… the plays of childhood are the germinal leaves of … Continue reading

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NZ kindergartens in the early years (of the 20c)

Tania Mace offers this history of kindergartens in New Zealand (and Auckland in particular, focusing on the St James Kindergarten): “In late nineteenth century New Zealand child  welfare had become a particular concern, and from the 1890s legislative changes sought … Continue reading

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The first of Tales

This is quite beautiful – and made me think of oriori  (other cultures have birth songs, too, but which are these again?)… “The first of tales is the most important tale of all. Though we never remember it, it is … Continue reading

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Wade Davis – Anthropologist, ethnobotanist

http://www.ted.com/speakers/wade_davis.html “If you took all of the genius that allowed us to put a man on the moon … and applied it to an understanding of the ocean, what you would get … is Polynesia.” ~ Wade Davis According to … Continue reading

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Our ecological leanings

“Nature doesn’t really care whether we live or die, so let’s be clear: all of our ecological leanings are self-centered.” ~ Travis Price Ref: p.84 Travis Price (c2006)The Archaeology of Tomorrow: Architecture and the Spirit of Place. Earth Aware: San Rafael, CA

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TerraNature

Somehow I had missed this site, but it’s great: http://terranature.org/

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You can fix all the worlds problems in a garden

You have to sign up to see these videos, but they’re really very interesting. There is one, for example, titled ‘Surviving the coming crises’ in which Lawton states (and explains how): “You can fix all the worlds problems in a … Continue reading

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