Stuff in the ‘Gleb Raygorodetsky’ Category

11 December, 2018

ARCHIPELAGO OF HOPE: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, Gleb Raygorodetsky, Ph.D.

Now available in paperback!

  • Nautilus Grand Prize winner
  • Library Journal best nonfiction book of the year selection
  • Library Journal starred review
  • 100 Must-read books of 2018, Do Lectures – Medium.com

An enlightening global journey reveals the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands―and how it can form the foundation for climate change resilience around the world.

“Required reading for the times we live in. Insightful and interesting.”
Jeff Vandermeer, NYT bestselling author of the Souther Reach trilogy

One cannot turn on the news today without a report on an extreme weather event or the latest update on Antarctica. But while our politicians argue, the truth is that climate change is already here. Nobody knows this better than Indigenous peoples who, having developed an intimate relationship with ecosystems over generations, have observed these changes for decades. For them, climate change is not an abstract concept or policy issue, but the reality of daily life.

After two decades of working with indigenous communities, Gleb Raygorodetsky shows how these communities are actually islands of biological and cultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization.  They are an “archipelago of hope” as we enter the Anthropocene, for here lies humankind’s best chance to remember our roots and how to take care of the Earth. These communities are implementing creative solutions to meet these modern challenges. Solutions that are relevant to the rest of us.

We meet the Skolt Sami of Finland, the Nenets and Altai of Russia, the Sapara of Ecuador, the Karen of Myanmar, and the Tla-o-qui-aht of Canada. Intimate portraits of these men and women, youth and elders, emerge against the backdrop of their traditional practices on land and water. Though there are brutal realties?pollution, corruption, forced assimilation―Raygorodetsky’s prose resonates with the positive, the adaptive, the spiritual―and hope.

24 pages of color photographs


13 November, 2017

Archipelago of Hope by Gleb Raygorodetsky


As this fine book shows, indigenous communities and lands have been among the places hardest hit by climate change–so it should come as no surprise that around the world indigenous people have been in the absolute forefront of a fight for a liveable planet. I take real comfort from the fact that the oldest wisdom traditions on the planet and the newest are on the same page, that scientists and shamans are telling much the same story. Now it’s time for the rest of us to pay some attention Bill McKibben, author of DEEP ECONOMY

An enlightening global journey reveals the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands―and how it can form the foundation for climate change resilience around the world.

One cannot turn on the news today without a report on an extreme weather event or the latest update on Antarctica. But while our politicians argue, the truth is that climate change is already here. Nobody knows this better than Indigenous peoples who, having developed an intimate relationship with ecosystems over generations, have observed these changes for decades. For them, climate change is not an abstract concept or policy issue, but the reality of daily life.

After two decades of working with indigenous communities, Gleb Raygorodetsky shows how these communities are actually islands of biological and cultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization.  They are an “archipelago of hope” as we enter the Anthropocene, for here lies humankind’s best chance to remember our roots and how to take care of the Earth. These communities are implementing creative solutions to meet these modern challenges. Solutions that are relevant to the rest of us.

We meet the Skolt Sami of Finland, the Nenets and Altai of Russia, the Sapara of Ecuador, the Karen of Myanmar, and the Tla-o-qui-aht of Canada. Intimate portraits of these men and women, youth and elders, emerge against the backdrop of their traditional practices on land and water. Though there are brutal realties?pollution, corruption, forced assimilation―Raygorodetsky’s prose resonates with the positive, the adaptive, the spiritual―and hope.

24 pages of color photographs


9 December, 2015

Raygorodetsky

Raygordetsky - Head shotFor over two decades, Gleb has lived and worked with Indigenous communities around the world on traditional governance, sacred sites, climate change adaptation, and Biocultural Diversity conservation.

Born and raised in a small village on the Bering Sea coast of Kamchatka Peninsula, USSR, Gleb moved to the USA in 1988. He made his way from New York City to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he continued the wildlife biology studies he began back in the Soviet Union. Since then, he has traversed the Americas, from Canada’s Beaufort Sea to the Brazilian Amazon, from the Andes to the shores of Lake Superior, living and working with Indigenous peoples as diverse as Aleut fur seal hunters, Amazonian Caboclos pirarucu fishermen, and the Gwich’in caribou hunters. After earning his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology from Columbia University, he has continued working with Indigenous groups around the world, from Papua New Guinea and Australia, to Peru and Finland.

EcuadorSami peopleGleb in AltaiGleb has written and contributed to books, scientific and popular articles on Indigenous issues, traditional knowledge, and conservation. He wrote Gwich’in Words about the Land – a book on the Indigenous ecological knowledge of Gwich’in people in the Northwest Territories in Canada that was published locally for all Gwich’in families. His popular articles on Indigenous and environmental issues appeared in various magazines, including Cultural SurvivalAlternatives , and National Geographic. Since 2011, he has been a contributing author for National Geographic NewsWatch and United Nations University’s OurWorld 2.0.

Gleb is a co-founder of Conversations with the Earth (CWE) – an indigenous-led multimedia initiative that amplifies indigenous voices in the global discourse on climate change. Over a million visitors saw CWE exhibits at National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC, and United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Gleb is now working on the ARCHIPELAGO OF HOPE: ENCOUNTERS AT THE EDGE OF OUR CHANGING PLANET – a book about climate change and Indigenous peoples, to be published by Pegasus Books  in 2017. His latest assignment for National Geographic Magazine is taking him to the Yamal Peninsula in northern Russia, to report on how, in the face of climate change, the Nenets reindeer herders co-exist with one of the largest gas and oil development projects in the circumpolar north. This story is scheduled for publication in 2017.

You can find out more about Gleb and his work on his website www.gleb-raygorodetsky.com and follow him on Twitter @ArchipelagoHope.  His Instagram Account is not to be missed and can be found here: archipelagohope.