Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Stage name: African Excursions
Performer name: Peter Durkin
Phone: 845 518 1498
Mailing address: 8 Jonathan Lane
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Kinery Road School, Vassar Road School, Haldane School, Poughkeepsie Day School
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 05/12/2014

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The San Bushmen of the Kalahari History,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other
The Bushmen of the Kalahari are one of the earth’s last hunter/gatherer cultures. Come hear about their unique way of life including their ancient survival methods. Experience what it’s like to stalk game with a bow across the Kalahari sands or how to make fire with a hand drill or make beads out of ostrich egg shells. Botswana resident, author, conservationist, and eco-tourism guide, Peter Durkin tells of his experiences of living and working with San Bushmen including Xanate, a 70 year old G/wi Bushman and his family clan. The presentation is appropriate for all ages and will be accompanied by a PowerPoint slide show and interesting artifacts from Botswana.
$201- $350
Goody Goodies - children helping children Disability Awareness,
Life Skills- Finance,
Goody Goodies is a not-for-profit organization started by Macallan Durkin (DOB 2/8/95) when she was 11 to help privileged children in the US learn about and help less fortunate children in Africa. She started Goody Goodies based on her experiences of living in Botswana. The program discusses what life is like in Botswana, what her work with Goody Goodies is, and how other school children can make a difference. Program includes an activity of making recycled paper beads and is accompanied with a PowerPoint presentation.
$351- $500
Botswana, a Wildlife Paradise Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Botswana, Africa is one of the last remaining truly wild places on earth. Former Botswana resident, author, conservationist, and safari guide, Peter Durkin shares insights into the country, its flora and fauna, and the conservation efforts to preserve it. The presentation is based on first-hand experiences gained from running a non-profit game reserve and consulting with local community trusts on natural resource management and eco-tourism. It provides unique insights and details on the National Parks and other wild areas, the many species both great and small found there, and several conservation efforts.
$201- $350
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