Category: Indigenous Communities

Expedition to the Raja Ampat Islands: First Impressions

Written by | November 18th, 2011

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Wake up with the expedition team to calm, clear waters surrounded by jaw-dropping mountains. It’s time to go diving and monitor some reefs!

Expedition to the Raja Ampat Islands: Taking in the Heart of the Coral Triangle

Written by | November 17th, 2011

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Before the team can dive they need to do things like tie pencils to slates and guess the length of plastic fish. Find out why these mundane tasks are so important.

Wade Davis and the Language of Conservation

Written by | October 24th, 2011

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A National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence reminds us that losses of indigenous peoples, cultures, and languages lead directly to environmental damage.

Thelon Expedition: Final Camp – Where God Began

Written by | August 12th, 2011

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At the final camp of the expedition Sanjayan reflects on the meaning of the journey and what lies ahead for this vast land and the people that call it home.

Thelon Expedition: Fluid Motion

Written by | August 9th, 2011

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Sanjayan found a kayaking legend who would teach him everything he needed to know before the expedition on the river. Well, he did leave out one minor detail.

Thelon Expedition: Left Things Late

Written by | August 8th, 2011

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The buggy evening, without a spot of wind, was transformed near midnight into a gale. We had picked out campsite designed for the views and to catch the slightest breeze; we were unprepared for the hard rain.

Thelon Expedition: The Country

Written by | August 3rd, 2011

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Overnight, a storm gathered in silence and quickly pounced. The hot windless evening of yesterday has been replaced by lashing rain and gale force winds. Our tents are anchored with heavy rocks, and yet we fear to leave them empty for too long lest they are tossed into the river.

Thelon Expedition: Life at Camp

Written by | August 2nd, 2011

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So far there are two constants in the campsites that have been selected, they are poor for fishing and great for bugs. But once they settle in, what is life like in one of the most remote spots in North America?

Thelon Expedition: Mosquitoes

Written by | August 1st, 2011

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The pale walls of my tent are smeared in many places as if a little kid with fingers covered in chocolate had played inside. The smears are blood.

Thelon Expedition: Caribou on the Barrens

Written by | August 1st, 2011

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I write in the light of the endless Arctic dusk, filtered into a golden hue through the walls of my tent. Outside, I hear wolves howl across the river …

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