Presentation & Slide Show For The Wind In The Bamboo: A Journey In Search Of Asia's "Negrito" Indigenous People

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Presentation & Slide Show For The Wind In The Bamboo: A Journey In Search Of Asia's "Negrito" Indigenous People
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Historically defined as "Negrito" because they physically resemble small Africans, these hunter-gatherers may have the most ancient ancestry in Asia. Nearly exterminated by disease and a cataclysmic volcanic eruption, they now survive in forests of Malaysia, the Philippines and India's Andaman Islands. Some are armed with spears and blowpipes, a few with cellphones and graduate degrees. Edith Mirante reveals the story of the "Negrito" peoples through a compelling Chatwinesque narrative of journeys into their remaining lands. The Wind in the Bamboo will captivate readers who wonder who we humans are, where we come from, and where we are going.“The Wind in the Bamboo” examines issues of race, identity, the body, scientific classification and genocide, through a sweeping Chatwinesque narrative of journeys into the remaining lands of these ancient forest people. Edith Mirante presents the story of the “Negrito” peoples (the ultimate survivors) with candor, wit and compassion. “The Wind in the Bamboo” will captivate readers who wonder who we humans are, where we come from and where we are going.

Mirante brings readers along to Asia’s last tropical rainforests and the surrounding plantation devastation, unspoiled seacoasts and appalling tourist resorts, abandoned US military bases and British colonial outposts. From unforgettable individuals like Johan Kumbang, forest guide and Wyda Cosme, marathon runner, she learned the “Negrito” indigenous peoples’ current situation and the environmental, social, political challenges they face in modern Asia with its oil palm plantations, mining claims, fast food culture and rice shortages.

Edith Mirante has roamed Asia since the early 1980s, collecting information on human rights and environmental issues. In 1986 she founded Project Maje, an information project on Burma. She has investigated atrocities and resistance in some of the most remote corners of Burma’s frontier war zone. She has testified before the US Congress, European Trade Commission and the International Labor Organization, and has been a speaker at national conferences of Amnesty International, Rainforest Action Network and the Society of Women Geographers.

Her writing has been anthologized by Jill Ker Conway in “Written by Herself: Women's Memoirs From Britain, Africa, Asia and the United States.” She has read from her books at numerous venues, including Powell’s Books in Portland, Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, The Tattered Cover in Denver, KGB Bar in New York City and The Flying Monkey Arts Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
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