Kayapo Ethnoecology and Culture / Edition 1

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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.
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Pt. I Kayapo history and culture 1
1 The science of the Mebengokre 3
2 Contact before contact: typology of post-Colombian interaction with the Northern Kayapo of the Amazon 14
3 Environmental and social implications of pre- and post-contact situations on Brazilian Indians 25
4 Time, space, and the interface of divergent cultures: the Kayapo Indians of the Amazon face the future 33
5 The Kayapo origin of night 42
6 The journey to become a shaman: a narrative of sacred transition of the Kayapo Indians of Brazil 47
Pt. II Ethnobiology and the Kayapo Project 53
7 Report from Gorotire: will Kayapo traditions survive? 55
8 Indigenous knowledge and development: an ideological bridge to the future 58
9 Wasps, warriors and fearless men: ethnoentomology of the Kayapo Indians of Central Brazil 82
10 Hierarchy and utility in a folk biological taxonomic system: patterns in classification of arthropods by the Kayapo Indians of Brazil 93
11 Additional notes on the classification and knowledge of stingless bees (Meliponinae, Apidae, Hymenoptera) by the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire, Para, Brazil 112
12 Keeping of stingless bees by the Kayapo Indians of Brazil 134
13 Ethnopharmacological search for antiviral compounds: treatment of gastrointestinal disorders by Kayapo medical specialists 139
14 Use of contraceptive and related plants by the Kayapo Indians (Brazil) 149
Pt. III Kayapo land management 163
15 Preliminary results on soil management techniques of the Kayapo Indians 165
16 Indigenous soil management in the Latin American tropics: some implications of ethnopedology for the Amazon Basin 182
17 The keepers of the forest 193
18 Indigenous management of tropical forest ecosystems: the case of the Kayapo Indians of the Brazilian Amazon 200
19 The continuum of Kayapo resource management 217
Pt. IV Continuing adaptation by the Kayapo 219
20 From warclubs to words 221
21 The Kayapo Indian protests against Amazonian dams: successes, alliances, and unending battles 223
App Management of a tropical scrub savanna by the Gorotire Kayapo of Brazil 235
Notes 246
Glossary 254
Bibliography 262
Index 281
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