Five continents. Ten countries. Twenty Natural World Heritage sites in five years. In the Name of Wild is the story of what happened when one family set out to learn what wildness means to people around the world. What draws us to seek out wild places? Do they mean the same to everyone? Part travelogue, part ethnography, this book takes us on a journey into the lives of the people who call places such as Tasmania, Patagonia, and Iceland home. They reveal that wildness isn't about the absence of people. It's about connections, kinship, and coexistence with the land.
1 “Wild” Can Be a Challenging Word: Galápagos
2 “Wild” Can Be an Adjective: Tasmania
3 Wild Can Be Ephemeral: Aotearoa-New Zealand
4 Wild Can Change: South Tyrol
5 Wild Can Be Reimagined: Belize
6 Wild Can Be a Foreign Concept: Japan
7 Wild Can Be Alive: Patagonia
8 Wild Can Be Photogenic: Iceland
9 Wildlife Can Be Us: Thailand
10 Wild Can Be Someone’s Home: Canada
Phillip Vannini and April Vannini are ethnographers and filmmakers. They share an interest in exploring the meaning of “wild” and “wilderness” and are the authors of Wilderness and Inhabited: Wildness and the Vitality of the Land and the directors of In the Name of Wild and Inhabited. They teach in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Road University and live on Gabriola Island in British Columbia.
The Vanninis' findings are surprising and thought-provoking ... This entertaining and educational book takes along not only the family but readers too ... You can enjoy the journey, ponder and philosophize, and then decide what your answer might be.
~Graham Chandler, BC Bookworld