DCEFF 2016 Honorees

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Wade Davis & Gail Percy
Champions of Endangered Cultures and Ecosystems

DCEFF is pleased to honor Wade Davis and Gail Percy for their work in protecting endangered cultures and ecosystems. They have traveled the globe, from New Guinea, to the Arctic, to the Amazon, studying and exploring unique people, places and customs. Their work has raised awareness and appreciation of our planet’s vital natural and cultural diversity. Named one of National Geographic’s Explorers for the Millennium, Wade, an anthropologist, ethnographer, writer and filmmaker, is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He has written 17 books, including the international best-seller The Serpent and the Rainbow and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize.

Wade has received numerous awards, including The Explorers Medal, the highest award of The Explorers Club; the Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and appointment to the Order of Canada. His past involvement with the Environmental Film Festival includes presenting films that he co-wrote or appeared in, including Light at the Edge of the World – Polynesia and Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk. He holds degrees in anthropology and biology and a Ph.D. in ethnobotany from Harvard University.

Visit Wade Davis’ website to learn more about him and his work.


Gail Percy is an anthropologist specializing in textiles and art. She has collaborated with Wade as a researcher and editor and also as a guide on National Geographic and wilderness eco-tourism expeditions, from North America to Asia. In Tunisia, she worked as a medical anthropologist with Project Hope and studied the ethnographic art and sacred performance of the Bedouin tribeswomen in Tunisia’s Saharan desert. Gail holds degrees in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of California, Berkeley.


Photos: Gail Percy and Wade Davis in Greenland in 2015, and in Washington, DC in 2012

(Photo by Joseph Allen/Washington Life Magazine)