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- DescriptionThe earth is the mother of all things ; thus begins this original and accessible book on how the Kuna of Panama relate to the natural world. An integrative project involving Kuna traditional leaders and trained scholars, and fully illustrated by a Kuna artist, this translation of Plantas y animales en la vida del pueblo Kuna focuses on Kuna plant and animal life, social life, and social change as a means of saving traditional ecological kwledge and returning it to the community. The authors hope to preserve the Kuna environment t only by reviving traditional techlogies but also by educating the Kuna as to what needs protection. While the Kuna have a tradition of living in harmony with the land, the intrusion of the market ecomy is eroding the very basis of their sustainable way of life. As a response to this crisis, this book seeks to develop native self-awareness and provide a model for collaboration. It will appeal to Latin Americanists, anthropologists, and ethbotanists, as well as to a general readership in environmental issues.
- Author BiographyJAMES HOWE is Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Kuna Gathering and A People Who Would Not Kneel and has worked closely with the Kuna for more than thirty-five years.
- Author(s)Heraclio Herrera,Jorge Ventocilla,Valerio Nunez
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/06/1995
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleLLILAS Translations from Latin America Series
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note5 b&w photos, 33 line drawings, 3 maps
- Weight681 g
- Width154 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Edited byHans Roeder
- Translated byElisabeth King
- Foreword byJames Howe
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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