Understanding our past and protecting our future
Our Human History and Cultures work aims to preserve cultural knowledge and better understand human history, culture, diversity, and evolution—past and present. Across topics like archaeology, cultural anthropology, paleoanthropology, human geography, human migration, and related fields, our goal is to spark curiosity in local and global audiences with stories or lessons about humanity.
Out of Eden Walk
In 2013, Paul Salopek set out on a 24,000-mile odyssey to retrace our ancestors’ global migration. Moving at the beat of his own footsteps, Paul is walking the pathways of the first humans who migrated out of Africa in the Stone Age and made the Earth ours. Along the way, he is covering the major stories of our time — from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival — by giving voice to the people who inhabit them every day.
Our Human History and Cultures Explorers
From human rights issues and stories of survival to the evolution of ancient species and human progress, they map out our shared past.
Our Human History and Cultures Explorers dedicate their lives to documenting, investigating, studying, and preserving our planet’s past and uncovering the very roots of humanity. Revealing stories from the past brings context to the modern-day.
Pablo Albarenga: Exploring modern colonization through photography
Tara Roberts: Diving with a purpose
Paul Salopek: Retracing humanity's ancient migration, on foot
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Photo Credits from top of page: Thomas Malkowicz, John Stanmeyer, Cristián Mora, Jim Richardson, Ami Vitale. Below: Michael Nichols, Andy Mann, Paul Nicklen, Ami Vitale, Christian Tryon, Kenneth Garrett, Mark Thiessen.