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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Patricia Glyn


Dawid’s Return

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.


Patricia Glyn made her name as a broadcaster on South African radio and TV and, after 13 years of live shows decided to make a living out of her hobby: adventures.

She walked 500 kilometres through Zimbabwe at a rate of 50 kilometres per day during the height of Robert Mugabe’s land invasions and their resulting social chaos. A year later, she spent three months on Mount Everest, reporting on the Discovery team’s efforts to stand on top of the world. Her daily journal describing life on this great mountain was later published as a popular book called Off Peak.

Her next adventure was a 2 000 kilometre walk from Durban to the Victoria Falls in the footsteps of her ancestor, Sir Richard Glyn, who got to the Falls soon after David Livingstone. The two thousand kilometre journey took her along the old hunter/trader routes to the interior of Africa, often off-road and often in Big Five territory. Footing with Sir Richard’s Ghost is the book Patricia wrote about this odyssey and it is a best-seller in South Africa.

In 2011 Patricia set off for the Kalahari, to find traces of a long-dead Bushman by the name of Makai Kruiper – a legendary mystic, hunter and healer who roamed ‘The Thirst Land’ a century ago. And by her side was Makai’s grandson, Dawid, a man as legendary as his forebear. In a deeply moving and poignant trek, the Kruiper family (spanning three generations) and Patricia’s team visited and documented mystical and sacred places; battle and hunting grounds; birth, death and burial sites. In her presentation about this odyssey, she talks about the fragments that remain in the Kalahari sand of a long-gone life; the secrets that have been handed down from son to son, and the extraordinary memory and tracking skills that helped the Kruipers find Makai’s artifacts, some 60 years after they’d been buried.

This is also a story about just how much the Bushmen can teach us about respect for our natural resources and how to preserve them. Patricia demonstrates how the ‘old’ Bushman attitudes hold the key to our environmental future. She shows how little they consume, how much they value their natural heritage and how much they leave in place for their children’s children. But it’s also an amusing talk about a journey with a group of irreverent storytellers, free spirits, hilarious mimics and loving people.

Once again, Patricia and her professional team of photographers and filmmakers have brought back thousands of photos and hours of footage, the best of which have been selected to illustrate her talk about this grand adventure. Her book about the journey is called What Dawid Knew and will be on sale after the talk.

Date: April 20th, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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