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Author Balée, William L., 1954-

Title Cultural Forests of the Amazon : A Historical Ecology of People and Their Landscapes / William Balée
Published Tuscaloosa : The University of Alabama Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 268 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Part I. Landscape Transformations. 1. Villages of Vines and Trees ; 2. An Estimate of Anthropogenesis ; 3. Comparison of High and Fallow Forests -- Part II: Contact and Attrition. 4. People of the Fallow Forest ; 5. Vanishing Plant Names ; 6. Conquest and Migration -- Illustrations -- Part III: Indigenous Savoir Faire. 7. From Their Point of View ; 8. Retention of Traditional Knowledge ; 9. Confection, Inflection -- Part IV: Dimensions of Diversity. 10. Discernment of Environmental Variation ; 11. Rethinking the Landscape -- Appendix I. Guajá Generic Plant Names -- Appendix II. Trees of the Anthropogenic Forest
Summary Cultural Forests of the Amazon is a comprehensive and diverse account of how indigenous people transformed landscapes and managed resources in the most extensive region of tropical forests in the world. Until recently, most scholars and scientists, as well as the general public, thought indigenous people had a minimal impact on Amazon forests, once considered to be total wildernesses. William Balée's research, conducted over a span of three decades, shows a more complicated truth. In Cultural Forests of the Amazon, he argues that indigenous people,
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-247) and index
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Subject Cultural landscapes -- Amazon River Region.
Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- Amazon River Region.
Rain forest ecology -- Amazon River Region.
Traditional ecological knowledge -- Amazon River Region.
Urubu Kaapor Indians -- Ethnobotany.
Urubu Kaapor Indians -- Philosophy.
Urubu Kaapor Indians -- Social conditions.
Amazon River Region -- Environmental conditions.
Amazon River Region -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012042396
ISBN 0817386556 (electronic bk.)
9780817386559 (electronic bk.)