Kayapo Ethnoecology and Culture / Edition 1

Kayapo Ethnoecology and Culture / Edition 1

by Darrell A. Posey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415277914

ISBN-13: 9780415277914

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Darrell A Posey died in March 2001 after a long and distinguished career in anthropology and ecology. Kayapó Ethnoecology and Culture presents a selection of his writings that result from 25 years of work with the Kayapó Indians of the Amazon Basin. These writings describe the dispersal of the Kayapó sub-groups and explain how with this

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Darrell A Posey died in March 2001 after a long and distinguished career in anthropology and ecology. Kayapó Ethnoecology and Culture presents a selection of his writings that result from 25 years of work with the Kayapó Indians of the Amazon Basin. These writings describe the dispersal of the Kayapó sub-groups and explain how with this diaspora useful biological species and natural resource management strategies also spread. However the Kayapó are threatened with extinction like many of the inhabitants of the Amazon basin. The author is adamant that it is no longer satisfactory for scientists to just do 'good science'. They are are increasingly asked and morally obliged to become involved in political action to protect the peoples they study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415277914
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
Studies in Environmental Anthropology Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Pt. IKayapo history and culture1
1The science of the Mebengokre3
2Contact before contact: typology of post-Colombian interaction with the Northern Kayapo of the Amazon14
3Environmental and social implications of pre- and post-contact situations on Brazilian Indians25
4Time, space, and the interface of divergent cultures: the Kayapo Indians of the Amazon face the future33
5The Kayapo origin of night42
6The journey to become a shaman: a narrative of sacred transition of the Kayapo Indians of Brazil47
Pt. IIEthnobiology and the Kayapo Project53
7Report from Gorotire: will Kayapo traditions survive?55
8Indigenous knowledge and development: an ideological bridge to the future58
9Wasps, warriors and fearless men: ethnoentomology of the Kayapo Indians of Central Brazil82
10Hierarchy and utility in a folk biological taxonomic system: patterns in classification of arthropods by the Kayapo Indians of Brazil93
11Additional notes on the classification and knowledge of stingless bees (Meliponinae, Apidae, Hymenoptera) by the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire, Para, Brazil112
12Keeping of stingless bees by the Kayapo Indians of Brazil134
13Ethnopharmacological search for antiviral compounds: treatment of gastrointestinal disorders by Kayapo medical specialists139
14Use of contraceptive and related plants by the Kayapo Indians (Brazil)149
Pt. IIIKayapo land management163
15Preliminary results on soil management techniques of the Kayapo Indians165
16Indigenous soil management in the Latin American tropics: some implications of ethnopedology for the Amazon Basin182
17The keepers of the forest193
18Indigenous management of tropical forest ecosystems: the case of the Kayapo Indians of the Brazilian Amazon200
19The continuum of Kayapo resource management217
Pt. IVContinuing adaptation by the Kayapo219
20From warclubs to words221
21The Kayapo Indian protests against Amazonian dams: successes, alliances, and unending battles223
AppManagement of a tropical scrub savanna by the Gorotire Kayapo of Brazil235
Notes246
Glossary254
Bibliography262
Index281

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