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Wade Davis Cultural Anthropologist, Author

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Photograph by Wade Davis

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Wade Davis is an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by National Geographic as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” Davis’s work as an anthropologist and botanical explorer has taken him throughout the world from the forests of the Amazon to the mountains of Tibet, from the high Arctic to the deserts of Africa, from Polynesia to the grasslands of Mongolia. Widely recognized as one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, his presentations, illustrated by his exquisite photographs, are a wild and moving celebration of the wonder of the human spirit, as expressed by the myriad of cultures he has encountered in a lifetime of travel, exploration, and ethnographic research.

Davis is the author of 17 bestselling books including The Serpent and the Rainbow, which was later released as a feature film, and Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, which won the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize, the top literary award for nonfiction in the English language. Davis has written for National Geographic, Newsweek, Outside, Harpers, Fortune, Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, and many other international publications.

His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced and written for National Geographic, Grand Canyon Adventure (IMAX 3D), and Earthguide, a 13-part series on the environment produced and written for Discovery. As a photographer Davis has curated several major exhibits including “The Lost Amazon,” Museum of Natural History Smithsonian, and “No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World,” Annenberg Space for Photography. His own work has been widely published and exhibited.

A professional speaker for 25 years, Davis has lectured at more than 200 universities and captivated corporate clients such as Microsoft, Shell, Fidelity, Bayer, Bristol-Myers, Hallmark, Bank of Nova Scotia, MacKenzie Financials, and many others. His many TED talks have been seen by millions of viewers. In 2009 he delivered the Massey Lectures, Canada’s most prestigious public intellectual forum.

Davis is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society; the Explorer’s Medal (the highest award of the Explorer’s Club); The Lowell Thomas Medal; the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration (the most prestigious award for botanical exploration), and the $125,000 Lannan Foundation Prize for Nonfiction.

Popular Presentations

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World
Every culture is a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? Wade Davis leads us on a thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world’s indigenous cultures.
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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest
In a monumental work of history and adventure, ten years in the writing, Wade Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept on climbing on that fateful day.
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The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass
In a rugged knot of mountains in northern British Columbia lies a spectacular valley known to the First Nations as the Sacred Headwaters. There, three of Canada’s most important salmon rivers are born in remarkably close proximity. Now against the wishes of all First Nations, the British Columbia government has opened the Sacred Headwaters to industrial development.
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River Notes: A Natural and Human History of the Colorado
Plugged by no fewer than 25 dams, the Colorado River is the world’s most regulated river drainage. It provides most of the water supply of Las Vegas, Tucson, and San Diego, and much of the power and water of Los Angeles and Phoenix. If the river stopped flowing, we would likely have to abandon many of the largest cities in the West.
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Learn More About Wade:

Explorer-in-Residence Profile

Wade Davis Website

IMAX: Grand Canyon Adventure Film

Video: Light at the Edge of the World

“With only the simple instruments of his voice and his passion, Davis weaves a cloak that allows us to imagine for a moment the world as it might be seen through the indigenous imagination. It’s a deft feat and it transforms the literature of grievance, so familiar now, to a literature of love and almost celestial appreciation. He is our very own Massey shaman, breathing life into fragile worlds that are rapidly growing extinct, worlds that mark the boundary of the human imagination.”CBC Radio

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Listen to Radio Interview With Wade Davis

Boyd Matson Interviews Wade for NG Weekend Radio Show

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