This Week's Program: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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SANTI HITORANGI (www.saverapanui.org)who was wounded by fourteen pellet shots in his back and legs while he filmed the events of December 3rd, was forced to leave the island without notice because he was hunted by the Chilean Special Forces to destroy his media and evidence of the undue violence. He has arrived safely back in the United States. On Dec. 3rd in Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, there were serious clashes between Chilean police and the Rapa Nui people; violence erupted when security forces tried to evict protestors who were occupying government buildings.
WADE DAVIS advocates for the world's indigenous cultures -- 50 percent of the world's 6,000 languages, he says, are no longer taught to children. He argues, in the most beautiful terms, that language isn't just a collection of vocabulary and grammatical rules. In fact, "Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind." A Harvard-educated ethnobotanist, believes humanity's greatest legacy is the "ethnosphere," the cultural counterpart to the biosphere, and "the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness." He beautifully articulates the intellectual, emotional and moral reasons why it's in everyone's best interest to preserve the world's Indigenous cultures.