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In the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), once a major location for whaling, whale bones are all around, layered with history and meaning, and silently communicating their tales.
Like other indigenous First Nation communities throughout Canada, the Tla-o-qui-aht people are survivors. Over a century of cultural genocide, Christianisation, forced assimilation, land alienation and re-settlement reduced their numbers tenfold and pushed them to the brink of extinction. But despite environmental, social and cultural upheavals, the Tla-o-qui-aht are slowly but surely strengthening their ability to cope…
Join host Boyd Matson as he and his guests sleep high on sheer mountain cliffs, wage war against whalers, consume bacteria in pursuit of better health, crash during paragliding takeoff in Pakistan, eat invasive species, and photograph 30 years of warfare in Afghanistan.
This week, we share stories of a few harrowing crossings: traversing the Okavango Delta on foot, skiing up and down Mount Rainier, and we leave tire tracks on Mars where we melt rocks for science.
This week, Boyd’s guests tell tales of lions stealing camera equipment, former whalers who used 19th-century techniques into the 1980s, how to reveal the magnificence of a chicken, and much more.
NG Young Explorer Gemina Garland-Lewis shares stories from her last week in the field on the life of a whaling lookout as well as the festivities that continue to honor whalers.
NG Young Explorer Gemina Garland-Lewis discusses the hardships of payment in the whaling industry, mixed with the inevitable rivalry that arose among these men when competing for a whale meant competing to support their families.
Three years after whaling officially ended in the Azores, several boats took to the sea in protest. NG Young Explorer Gemina Garland-Lewis discusses the emotions behind the hunt of the last three whales in the Azores with two of the men who lived it.
National Geographic Young Explorer Gemina Garland-Lewis relates one of the most amazing stories yet from a whaler in the Azores. José “Silvino” do Silveira Jorge shares his memories of an accident that had him in the jaws of a sperm whale and how he lived to tell the tale.
Gemina Garland-Lewis continues her work as a National Geographic Young Explorer, recording the stories of five more whalers in the Azores this week.