Pierre Odier (Click on Image to View Complete Photo)
An expedition into the virgin woods of Gabon should have happened when Pierre was 21.
For Pierre it was the risk he had to take to reach them and the only way he could be with the last remaining Pygmies
hiding in seclusion in the deep forest.
Not much information was available before he left Los Angeles and even with no Visa he took a chance that he could visit Gabon.
It turned out that it could not have been any better.
Pierre and his guide decided to just wing it and let things happen and they did.
Being initiated into a tribe (non Pygmy), visiting Dr. Albert Schweitzer Hospital, and finding this
remote Pygmy tribe made all the risk more than worth wile.
Returning with hundreds of stories and feelings about that country,
inspires Pierre to deal with the today of his world in a more positive view.
Ladies Night -
James Dorsey - SPIRITUALITY and MYSTICISM in the THIRD WORLD
James Dorsey with Bwa Spirit Dancer Burkina Faso (Click on Image to View Complete Photo)
Jim Dorsey, #1081, has spent most of the past decade documenting remote tribal cultures.
Tonight’s journey will focus on the mystical symbolism, costumes, masks, and ceremonies that began nearly 6,000 years ago
with animism and evolved into belief systems still being practiced universally.
This is a journey through eight countries and an entre to the sphere of Brujos, Shamans, Curanderos, Witch Doctors, and
Soothsayers that will define the roles they all currently play in today’s modern world.
Jim has traveled extensively off the beaten path in 44 countries and has written for Colliers, The Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, Delta Airlines, the BBC, and is a regular contributor to Sea Kayaker, Air Nigeria, Wicked World,
Travel Africa, plus numerous other publications.
He is a seven time SOLAS award winner for Best Travel Writing from Travelerstales.
His photos are represented by The National Wildlife Federation, Shutterstock, and CameraPix International.
He is a former Adventurers' Club director and vice president, and a fellow of the Explorers Club.
From 1962 to 1963, Bob Silver #728, traveled from the Himalayas to Ceylon, from East to West Pakistan.
“Drip-Dry Man” traveled the great sub-continent where he met with many people, from the untouchables to preachers.
This evening, he will present some of his memorable highlights for your interest and amusement.