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Life Before GPS: What We Can Learn from the Ancient Art of Wayfaring

Cultural anthropologist Elizabeth Lindsey studies how indigenous populations travelled great distances without the use of instruments such as the compass or the sextant.

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It is this disconnection from the natural world, this 'immaturity' which prevents us from understanding how our actions have created a world which teeters on the brink of economic, environmental and social collapse. This can be remedied, says Lindsey, by reconnecting with the innate wisdom and insight of navigator priests and people from indigenous cultures throughout the world.  

What we must realize, she says, is that the planet is our canoe and how a society, a community uses its resources affects us all.

"We live in critical and wondrous times and like the Palu, who lashed themselves to the canoe, this is an invitation for all of us to rise," she says. "We can shake in terror over what is going wrong. We know that. Or we can choose to stand up and be fierce together. This is our invitation. This is our prelude to greatness. And we can do it, if we do it together."  

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