Indigenous Voices (download)

Indigenous Voices (download)

I am offering this full color 300-page book in an eco-friendly and beautifully produced digital flipbook format. This version is in exact appearance as if in printed format. You will therefore be receiving not a digital file (for Mac or Windows) in lieu of a printed book or on a CD, but rather all of the lifestyle photography and in-depth information embraced this book’s covers.

I am offering Indigenous Voices to you in the spirit of a gift and on a gift economy basis.

This does not mean “free.” In Western culture at least, free tends to be thought of as having “no value.” Instead, please consider this book a contribution. This means I cannot determine the value of its worth to you. Perhaps this book’s dynamically engineered contents will (or may not) provide you with great inspiration. My hopes are that this project will at the very least stimulate dialogue. It will certainly bring you on an adventure and expand your worldview.

Readers such as yourself resultantly may want to gift me $7 or $48; some people may offer more, others an amount in-between. You will see below that I have made a value suggestion. Whatever. I just request that, in addition to pondering how this book may impact your life, you consider what it may have required for me overall to independently produce this media.

Whatever the value eventually means to you, I ask that you choose the price. Not out of obligation, but because you feel inspired to give, if at all, and without regrets. Perhaps you will acquire the book and then decide to give more. This would be okay too. You will be directly supporting Jeff’s Journalism and this project.

This book belongs to Us all.

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Indigenous Voices: Glimpses into the Margins of Modern Development utilizes the overall environment of rapidly developing northern Thailand and the livelihoods of the region’s rural peoples as a comparative context for exploring the societal effects that economic development is having on human society. This involves how changes in physical environment alter relationships amongst ourselves and with our natural world.

As a civic journalism project, this book will at the very least bring you into territory that is rarely seen by outsiders: the high mountains of northern Thailand. There, indigenous communities have for generations been living fairly traditional lives even in the wake of an encroaching modern world culture. Indigenous peoples worldwide are knowledge keepers of nature, and perhaps those who remain the representative core of what it truly means to be a human being. If their traditional wisdom becomes lost, just what hope is there for all of our survival?

Indigenous Voices is not merely a book of photography; this is also a textbook for those who are interested in gaining foundational understandings into the societal effects of globalization. This thesis, per se, is engineered as a part-by-part experiential learning model. Each included community is undergoing varying degrees of modern development, and each part of this book will bring you to a new level of understanding.

This book project likewise aims to document villagers’ daily lives, while also addressing the influences that modern development is having on their traditional livelihoods. To better understand northern Thailand’s indigenous peoples and their overall situation, I’ve used the seamlessly paired integration of both text and lifestyle photography, prose, and in-depth interviews — “voices” of villagers 14-84 years old. They open up the doors of their homes and help us understand. Are you ready for this journey?


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