Mobility and Migration in Indigenous Amazonia: Contemporary Ethnoecological Perspectives

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Miguel N. Alexiades
Berghahn Books, Apr 30, 2009 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Contrary to ingrained academic and public assumptions, wherein indigenous lowland South American societies are viewed as the product of historical emplacement and spatial stasis, there is widespread evidence to suggest that migration and displacement have been the norm, and not the exception. This original and thought-provoking collection of case studies examines some of the ways in which migration, and the concomitant processes of ecological and social change, have shaped and continue to shape human-environment relations in Amazonia. Drawing on a wide range of historical time frames (from pre-conquest times to the present) and ethnographic contexts, different chapters examine the complex and important links between migration and the classification, management, and domestication of plants and landscapes, as well as the incorporation and transformation of environmental knowledge, practices, ideologies and identities.


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Contenporary Ethnoecological Perspectivesan Introduction
Mobility Subsistence and the Environment
Chapter 2Towards an Understanding of the Huaorani Ways of Knowing and Naming Plants
Shaping People and Places in the Peruvian Amazon
Multisited Households Mobility and Resource Management in the Amazon Flood Plain
Implications of Changing Settlement Patterns and Individual Mobility for the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Communal Reserve Peru
Knowledge Identity PlaceMaking and The Domestication of Nature
the Roles of Human Mobility and Migration
the Historical Ecology of the Lecos of Apolo Bolivia
Chapter 8The Political Ecology of Ethnic Frontiers and Relations among the Piaroa of the Middle Orinoco
PlaceMaking and the Moral Management of Resources in a MultiEthnic Territory Amazonas Colombia
Ese Eja History Migration and Medicinal Plants
Displacement and the Dynamics of Basketry Knowledge amongst the Kaiabi in the Brazilian Amazon
African Diaspora Ethnobotany in Lowland South America

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Miguel N. Alexiades is Senior Lecturer at University of Kent, Canterbury (UK) and the Cultural Landscapes and Resource Rights Program Manager at People and Plants International (PPI). He is the editor of Selected Guidelines for Ethnobotanical Research: A Field Manual (1996, New York Botanical Garden Press) and Forest Products, Livelihoods and Conservation: Case-Studies of NTFP Systems (2004, Center for International Forestry Research).

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