Renowned Anthropologist Sets Out to Explore Carolina Rivers

Jun 16, 2015

Anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher has explored all of Africa, but now he’s turning his attention to his own backyard. The Wilmingtonian will spend the next two years traversing 32 Carolina rivers. 

Julian Monroe Fisher has spent the last fifteen years doing anthropological research in Africa. But when he was home in North Carolina, he kept passing over rivers and wondering where they came from and where they’re going. That curiosity led him to design his most recent project, Carolina Rivers Education and Preservation through Exploration:

"The basic premise of the project is simple. You don’t have to go to Africa, Asia, or Antarctica to be an explorer. All you have to do is walk out your door and look at your world with curious eyes. And that can amount to exploring a Carolina state park or paddling down a Carolina river."

The project will be documented in a series of short films and a longer documentary. Those films will be released via social media. They’ll also be given to school systems to be used as an educational tool.