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KANEKO, a new cultural non-profit organization located in Omaha, Nebraska presents an evening with National Geographic World Explorer Wade Davis. Based on an award winning book and five year study of the world’s vanishing cultures, Light at the Edge of the World: A Celebration of Culture will come to KANEKO, Open Space for Your Mind on May 9 at 7 PM. This riveting presentation will feature the signature photography of the National Geographic Society presented on a wide screen and the remarkable insights of this visionary scientist and humanitarian.

Wade Davis, is the popular and critically acclaimed author of the international best seller The Serpent and the Rainbow. He has traveled and lived among the people of traditional cultures in many countries, written six books, made prize-winning TV programs, and taken widely published photographs. He has degrees in Anthropology and Biology as well as a Ph.D. in Ethnobotany from Harvard University.

Newly appointed Director Hal France is proud to announce Mr. Davis’s appearance as the first event of his tenure at KANEKO.  “There are so many different ways one can admire his work, I hardly know where to begin. Through scientific research, studying plant species in remote places on earth, he gained personal entry into the lives of people and cultures not on most radar screens. He relates true adventure with the thoroughness of a scientist, the persona of a master story teller, the skill of a novelist and the heart of one who understands the primacy and significance of human life. He presents a compelling argument why we should care and reminds us of our own humanity and our incredibly diverse world in the process.”

Quill & Quire wrote, “Light at the Edge of the World is simultaneously a celebration of human diversity, a requiem for what we have already lost, and a warning.”

In May of 2003 Mr. Davis spoke about his work in cultural diversity.

One of the intense pleasures of travel is the opportunity to live among peoples who have not forgotten the old ways, who feel their past in the wind, touch it in stones polished by rain, taste it in the bitter leaves of plants. Just to know that Jaguar shamans still journey beyond the Milky Way, that the myths of the Inuit elders still resonate with meaning, that the Tibetan pilgrim still pursues the breath of the Buddha, is to remember the central revelation of anthropology, and that is the realization that our particular cultural world does not exist in some absolute sense, but rather is simply one model of reality: the consequence of one set of adaptive choices that our particular intellectual and spiritual lineage made, albeit successfully, many generations ago.  The Penan in the forests of Borneo, the Vodoun acolytes in Haiti, the Tuareg nomads in the searing sands of the Sahara—all these peoples reveal that there are other options, other means of interpreting existence, other ways of being. This is an idea that can only inspire hope.

Signed copies of Mr. Davis’s book Light at the Edge of the World will be available for purchase before and after his presentation on May 9.

Reserve your seat for the Wade Davis’ Light at the Edge of the World on May 9, 2008 at 7 pm in KANEKO’S Bow Truss Presentation Space  1111 Jones Street, Omaha, Nebraska.  Tickets are $25 with discounted tickets of $15 for students and seniors. For tickets call (402) 341 3800 or visit our website www.thekaneko.org

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