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Archive: Wade Davis' 2003 talk on TED.com

For the next week, we’re presenting some of our favorite TEDTalks from among the 270+ talks and performances we’ve posted since June 2006. Look for brand-new TEDTalks starting August 18. Until then, enjoy these gems — and suggest your own by writing to contact@ted.com or joining the conversation on TED.com.

With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world’s indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate, in this 2003 talk. This is many viewers’ favorite TEDTalk of all time — including a TED staffer or two. As one commenter says, “I was pinned to my seat by a tour de force of new ideas, brilliantly presented and illustrated in full color.” (Recorded February 2003 in Monterey, California. Duration: 22:13)

Watch Wade Davis’ 2003 talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances — including Davis’ equally amazing 2008 talk.

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