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Winter 2021

Tracing Lines

A Note From the Editors

Every divergence we encounter taps into our curiosity as well as our instincts. Which course we choose often reveals as much about ourselves as it does our surroundings. In the winter 2021 issue of Hidden Compass, we bring you stories of tracing lines. Whether seen or unseen, these avenues of understanding often lead us...

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Abalone shell. Photo: Alex Krowiak.
Photo: Alex Krowiak.
Abalone shell. Photo: Alex Krowiak.
Photo: Alex Krowiak.
Winter 2021

Tracing Lines

A Note from the Editors

Every divergence we encounter taps into our curiosity as well as our instincts. Which course we choose often reveals as much about ourselves as it does our surroundings.

In the winter 2021 issue of Hidden Compass, we bring you stories of tracing lines. Whether seen or unseen, these avenues of understanding often lead us back to our origins — yet hold the power to propel us forward.

Diane Selkirk follows Tracks to the Past on a Quest to reconcile the abundance of Canada’s northern landscape with the historic denial of Indigenous cultures. As she confronts a difficult legacy of repressed traditions and forced assimilation, she also grapples with her own family’s long-lost First Nations heritage — and looks toward a future rooted in remembering.

Russell Frank’s Portrait of artisanal mapmaking sends him wayfaring along the trails of the Pennsylvania wilderness in pursuit of veracity, on and off the page. Accompanied by the whimsical illustrations of Maggie Scotilla, Field-Truthing a Dream navigates the disparate worlds of Samuel de Champlain and modern cartography while plotting out the thrill of possibility.

In this issue’s photo feature, Alex Krowiak reveals a bastion of biodiversity known as “the Galápagos of North America.” Some tens of millions of years in the making, the Human & Nature story of these Deception Islands remains unfinished — and reminds us that environmental restoration is but one route to redemption.

In The Alchemy That Binds, Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee toasts the fermented resilience of Georgian wine-making traditions. Chasing Demons both political and personal, she unseals insights on humanity’s drive to imbibe through the ages — as well as her complicated relationship with her father’s drinking.

Spanning millennia and continents, Richard Pallardy’s Time Travel feature delves into the genomic taxonomy of an ancient wild dog that still prowls the mists of the New Guinea highlands. Though this creature eluded scientists for decades, recent discoveries add new clues to the interconnectedness of the animal kingdom. Put another way? No Dog is an Island

As always, we extend our deepest gratitude to our readers, who share our vision of powerful storytelling, and to our contributors, who bring us stories from the frontiers of exploration.

Until the next voyage,

Katie Knorovsky, Managing Editor

Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu, Hidden Compass Co-Founders

Autumn 2020

Under the Surface

A Note From the Editors

At every turn, truth and wonder await us in the depths. Each entry point, whether strategic or unexpected, is an invitation to explore. Pushing past the veneers on top — and peeling back the layers below — uncovers strata of possibility. In the autumn 2020 issue of Hidden Compass, we bring you stories that delve under...

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Painting of rangeomorphs An imagined diver’s light illuminates a sea of rangeomorphs on the floor of the primordial ocean. Painting by Henry Sharpe.
Painting: Henry Sharpe
Painting of rangeomorphs An imagined diver’s light illuminates a sea of rangeomorphs on the floor of the primordial ocean. Painting by Henry Sharpe.
Painting: Henry Sharpe
Autumn 2020

Under the Surface

A Note from the Editors

At every turn, truth and wonder await us in the depths. Each entry point, whether strategic or unexpected, is an invitation to explore. Pushing past the veneers on top — and peeling back the layers below — uncovers strata of possibility.

In the autumn 2020 issue of Hidden Compass, we bring you stories that delve under the surface.

In this issue’s photo feature, Lola Akinmade Åkerström finds herself Draped in Reverence as she respectfully navigates the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation. Her Portrait of global connection lifts the veil on a tapestry of cultures, from the Sámi of Sweden to the Yoruba of Nigeria.

Janna Brancolini plunges into the Mediterranean and through millennia of intrigue on a Quest to bring the origins of underwater archaeology into the light. Honor and the Sea follows in the wake of a tenacious woman who made waves excavating an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Sicily.

Out of Desolation, onetime Navy sailor Lance Garland discovered an unlikely guide through the wilderness. Our Time Travel feature follows the dual paths of Jack Kerouac — and 13 years of the author’s own twisting journey — to a new outlook on identity.

The Medusa of Time lures Daniel Hudon to the edge of Newfoundland, where he scans a primordial stone expanse imprinted with strange relics of a distant era. As he walks on ground once buried beneath an ancient sea — brought to life in illustrations by Henry Sharpe — Hudon ponders how the Human and Nature dynamic fits into life through the eons.

Finally, in our Chasing Demons feature, Jenna Scatena examines her role in The Age of Conquest — an era of travel defined by listicles and selfies, consumption and over-tourism. In this moment of global pause, she illuminates a brighter way forward.

As always, we extend our deepest gratitude to our readers, who share our vision of powerful storytelling, and to our contributors, who bring us stories from the frontiers of exploration.

Until the next voyage,

Katie Knorovsky, Managing Editor

Sabine Bergmann and Sivani Babu, Hidden Compass Co-Founders

Summer 2020

Panorama of Time

A Note From the Editors

Moving through the physical world is far from the only path to understanding: Exploring each moment, both real and possible, expands our scope of a place. Stretching and flowing in all directions, time is a vantage point. In the summer 2020 issue of Hidden Compass, we bring you stories that survey a vast panorama of time....

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Summer 2020

Panorama of Time

A Note from the Editors

Moving through the physical world is far from the only path to understanding: Exploring each moment, both real and possible, expands our scope of a place. Stretching and flowing in all directions, time is a vantage point.

In the summer 2020 issue of Hidden Compass, we bring you stories that survey a vast panorama of time.

The lens of an ever-shifting landscape provides perspective in our Time Travel photo feature, as Jacqueline Kehoe spans millennia and miles to delve into The First and Final Days of DenaliWeaving in wisdom from fellow Wisconsinite John Muir, she finds reason to rejoice in the life cycle of the wilderness.

Old Clocks may stop, but the forces of nature beat on, as writer Kelsey Camacho and photographer Dagmara Wojtanowicz remind us in our written feature. Their Portrait of Pyramiden and its abiding keeper peels back the layers of a Soviet ghost town — and our eternal yearnings for utopia — in Arctic Svalbard.

What’s lost in the passage of time takes Hidden Compass co-founder Sabine Bergmann on a Quest to tap into the wisdom of endangered voices. In remote villages from Cameroon to Peru to Thailand, Bergmann follows groundbreaking linguists who are Awakening the Canopy as they race to map — and revitalize — the tree of human languages, before too many branches slip away. Candace Rose Rardon brings the tree to life with original artwork.

For our Chasing Demons story, Sugato Mukherjee ventures into the Indonesian caldera of Kawah Ijen and discovers a foreboding place — a holdout for mining sulfur on the backs of men. Once the clouds of volcanic gases clear, he observes a possible way Out of the Smoky Abyss for the locals who rely on this dangerous place for their livelihood.

The outlook is similarly uncertain for ethereal sea butterflies. Conducting field research in Antarctica, Laine Gonzales encounters Pteropods in the Balance in our Human and Nature story. The journey sets her mission in motion to inspire the next generation of scientists to stem the tide of ocean acidification — and turn back the clock for plankton.

As always, we extend our deepest gratitude to our readers, who share our vision of powerful storytelling, and to our contributors, who bring us stories from the frontiers of exploration.

Until the next voyage,

Katie Knorovsky, Managing Editor

Sabine Bergmann and Sivani Babu, Hidden Compass Co-Founders

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