The time is finally near for Babble Book Club’s discussion of The Wayfinders by Wade Davis.

This Sunday, August 12 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST, everyone is welcomed to log-on and join the previously established babble thread for this discussion of The Wayfinders. We invite everyone to join us on the thread to comment, question and discuss this book in its entirety or even just stop by to take a look if you haven’t finished the selection or just want to check us out!

The Wayfinders by Wade Davis has already proven to be a thought-provoking selection because of its exploration of such topics as language and culture, mythology and philosophy. Davis, a prominent Canadian anthropologist, author and photographer, has documented various issues and topics from indigenous societies of Northern Canada to the folklore of Haitian culture. With The Wayfinders, Davis delves into and celebrates the “wisdom of the world’s indigenous cultures” and aims to provoke thought behind the fundamental questions: “What does it mean to be human and alive?”

Didn’t have time to finish the book, but still want to join in? Wanting more Wade Davis and The Wayfinders? Check out the 2009 CBC Massey Lectures of The Wayfinders.

As always, we have the ongoing babble discussion thread up and running for those thoughts along the way and for the discussion on August 12. 

For those wanting to join the discussion, here are some easy steps and tips to get you started:

  1. To ask questions and submit comments, you must register as a rabble.ca user, which creates an account that allows access to babble. babble is rabble.ca‘s discussion board and online community where users can discuss ideas and opinions and signing up is free and easy! Any questions about babble can be asked and answered on this thread as well as in the babble FAQ page.
  2. The Babble Book Club sets up babble threads before our final discussion to promote ongoing conversation — check out our existing thread for The Wayfinders. A babble thread just means the “page” where various babble users (babblers) can post their comments and questions. Babblers post in “real time” and can also quote other users, use emoticons or post links!
  3. Our The Wayfinders final discussion will take place this Sunday August 12 at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST in “real time,” which just means more Babble Book Club members will be presents at this time for a more interactive conversation. After the “official disucssion” the thread will still be open for readers to post questions and comments; however, they may not be responded to immediately!

Does language shape a culture or does culture shape a language? If a language doesn’t label something, does that limit the ability to see it? Are there universal traits between every culture?

Think it over and let the Babble Book Club know what you think!

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