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Millennium : tribal wisdom and the modern world / David Maybury-Lewis.

By: Maybury-Lewis, David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1992Description: xvi, 397 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0670829358 :.Uniform titles: Millennium (Television program) Subject(s): Wisdom | Human ecology -- Philosophy | Social perception | Indigenous peoples | WisdomDDC classification: 306/.08
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Companion volume to the PBS television series with the same title.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 389-391) and index.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Harvard anthropologist Maybury-Lewis argues that the ancient wisdom, communal sharing and closeness to nature found in tribal societies hold survival lessons for our modern industrial society steeped in wastes and rootlessness. The companion volume to a PBS television series hosted by the author, this beautiful, intriguing album surveys 11 traditional societies, from the Gabra who thrive in Kenya's northern desert to the Makuna Indians of Colombia whose belief in the sacredness of fish-spawning places helps prevent plundering. Spliced with stunning photographs, engravings and maps in jazzy layouts, the text examines how indigenous peoples negotiate gender identity, family ties, sex, governance, old age, death and all-pervasive religious beliefs while fending off technological onslaught. An enlightening multicultural primer. 100,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB selections; author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

A book whose basic readership will consist of admirers of its author's PBS TV series of the same name, Millennium should also delight those thrilled by National Geographic photos. Harvard anthropologist Maybury-Lewis introduces us to indigenous cultures and social structures throughout the world: the Gabra of northern Kenya, the Kuna Indians of Panama, the Wejewa of Sumba Island in Indonesia, and many others in passing. The level of description and analysis is that of an ideal college-level introductory course--more exacting than it appears to be and not entirely out of touch with the romance that anthropology can hold for the nonprofessional. Striving to be more than context for the photos, the text is a treatise on the history of ideas (particularly the deleterious impact of Western civilization on tribal cultures), a presentation of canonical anthropological theories, and a more than perfunctory plea for conservation of tribal societies and appreciation of their ecological and social wisdom, which could help capitalism survive the coming millennium. ~--Roland Wulbert