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Explorers Club: Plants, Languages, and Traditional Knowledge of Vanuatu

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Explorers Club Public Lecture Series with Dr. K. David Harrison

Indigenous peoples around the world are stewards of most of the planet’s biodiversity, and also possess the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity. These three domains—Environment, Language, Culture—are critically interconnected. As entire domains of knowledge about the natural world vanish with disappearing languages, humanity’s ability to sustainably manage diverse ecosystems diminishes. Plant and animal species that are well known to local people but not yet known to science enter a twilight of extinction risk.

As a Linguist and Anthropologist, David Harrison spent the last two decades working closely with indigenous communities to help sustain their languages and knowledge. Small cultures are eager to cross the digital divide and acquire current technologies, while still maintaining traditional lifeways and revitalizing their languages. Their knowledge base is only beginning to be respected and acknowledged by scientists and explorers, and may hold the keys for sustainable human living on earth. By collaborating with communities in the creation of digital archives, online Talking Dictionaries, and books, the knowledge base can be maintained and secured for future generations.

In this talk, Dr. Harrison presents a multimedia report of three recent expeditions to southern islands of Vanuatu (Aneityum and Futuna). Materials contributed by those communities demonstrate the rich knowledge base these cultures have about plants, islands, and ocean ecosystems, and show a unique cultural genius for adaptation and creativity.

Ticket price includes Cocktail Reception, Drinks, Hors d'oeuvres and the Lecture

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6:00 pm Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm Lecture

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