TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE GREATEST ADVENTURERS OF ALL TIME by Anago Osho
If you have passion for adventure, travel, diplomacy, activism or you are a student of Anthropology, Ethnography, Geography, Archaeology, history and international studies, Tourism Management or Tour Guiding, I implore you to read this article and learn about the life and adventures of Don Fernando.
His life style may not appeal to some religious beliefs but I know that everyone would learn from his passion and work. He is my favorite Adventurer. He believed that ‘’There’s no resisting the wind of adventure’’.
The jungle, the tropical forest, and the tributaries of the great river amazon, became his real home. He traveled to all continents except Australasia. He was in Cameroon, Gabon, Senegal, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Ecuador, Panama, Galapagos, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Tierra Del Fuego-Argentina, and Pakistan. He experienced fifty years of adventures across the world.
He was born into a French family at Saint-Maur-des-Fosses on 23 November 1901, and one day the family moved to Nantes France. Ethnography, anthropology and geography were personified in him. The world should revere him as one of the greatest Adventurers of all time.
I wish he filmed his tours and adventures. He had no staff, no private income, no fixed salary, and no showy or elaborate equipment. He was a pioneer at his own risk and peril at a time when technology was still developing.
He was a French who became a native American Indian ‘’ Spirit, soul and body’’ on the amazon river of Brazil. Don Fernando said ‘’It’s here that I belong’’. He left his Country, home and inheritance to become a native Red Indian in the American jungle. Tourism Adventure is an eye opener to the fulfillment of personal or communal dreams.
Travel and adventure made Don Fernando to see how helpless the native American Indians were and their struggle for survival. He fell in love with the purity and the innocence of their Ancestors and he swore to help them and others like them, to survive.
Quotations from, Don Fernando, Fernando Fournier Aubry, 1973, pages 1, 7, 8, Talmy Franklin Ltd, London.