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Hunting practices among the Awá-Guajá: towards a long-term analysis of sustainability in an Amazonian indigenous community

Author(s): Helbert Medeiros Prado | Louis Carlos Forline | Renato Kipnis

Journal: Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi : Ciências Humanas
ISSN 1981-8122

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 479;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Awá-Guajá Indians | Hunting | Amazonia | Sustainability | Mammals

Indigenous Reserves have played an indispensable role in maintaining forest areas in the Neotropics. In the Amazon there is a clear correlation between these reserves and the presence of forest cover; however, the simple presence of uninterrupted vegetation is no guarantee for the conservation of biodiversity, especially where hunting is practiced. This study describes hunting practices among the Awá-Guajá people from 1993 through 1994, also identifying sociocultural, technological, and demographic changes that have influenced their resource acquisition strategies over the last two decades. The data was obtained through ethnographic fieldwork, recording 78 days of foraging returns, with follow-up visits through 2010. This work provides useful information for an effective diachronic analysis of hunting in this community, by revealing foraging patterns of the early to mid-1990s, and describing community transformations over the last two decades in this locale.
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