Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 by Will Hagle
The Great Human Odyssey: World of Extremes lets you experience the worlds of sea, desert and tundra nomads firsthand.
The Great Human Odyssey: World of Extremes is an online interactive documentary experience created by the CBC. There are three different stories on the site, each giving viewers a first-person look at what it’s like to live the unique life of a nomad. The site covers Sea Nomads (Badjao underwater hunter-gatherers), Desert Nomads (Ju/Wasi Bushmen), and Reindeer Nomads (Chukchi). Each story lets you experience a typical day in the life of that particular culture, from an amazing first-person perspective. It truly feels like you’re walking around the Badjao community, as people around you acknowledge you and go about their daily business.
During each experience on The Great Human Odyssey: World of Extremes, you can also stop to click on icons that pop up in certain places. These give more background information about the particular culture, as well as some extra photos or videos. There are also little interactive challenges that occasionally appear throughout the site — such as testing your ability to hold your breath as long as the Sea Nomads can. The best way to experience the site is to let it load full-screen, then just sit back and imagine you’re transported to another place. It’s a really well-made interactive documentary, and you should learn a lot about three unique cultures if you take the time to soak it all in.