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Claiming Your Place at the Fire by David Shapiro, Richard J. Leider

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Prologue At the Fireside The New Elder

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This story begins where so many of the greatest stories ever told begin: around a blazing fire, beneath the starry heavens, far from civilization, deep in the wild. Richard recalls it this way:

On my twentieth walking safari in Tanzania, I find myself with my team of “inventurers”—our term for individuals who adventure inward through outdoor experience—sitting around the fire late into the evening with a small group of Hadza elders.

The Hadza are a tribe of hunter-gatherers who live today as did our earliest human ancestors. The ancient is present for them in this most elemental of human experiences. ...

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