10 Indigenous Explorers

10 Indigenous Explorers
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In the history of exploration by outsiders, tales of success often contrast with sagas of misadventure and tragedy. Those indigenous to the country were always better positioned for a smooth journey. They traveled with ease through wildernesses that often destroyed explorers from away. Sometimes these local people have adapted biologically, such as the Sherpa’s more efficient oxygen delivery to tissues. Other times, the adaptations have been cultural — a profound knowledge of where to find food or water in seemingly barren wastes, and specialized tools for hunting or travel that allowed them to become one with the environment rather than butt against it through attempts to “conquer” their way forward. Typically, these local travelers were unknown, but a few have emerged. Here, we look at 10 notable indigenous explorers from past and present. 1. Sacagawea   Sacagawea acted as an... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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