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The cultural context of biodiversity conservation : seen and unseen dimensions of indigenous knowledge among Q'eqchi' communities in Guatemala

Author: Petra Maass
Publisher: Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press ; Göttingen : Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2010, ©2008.
Series: Göttinger Beiträge zur Ethnologie, v. 2.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : North American ed., 1st University of Akron Press edView all editions and formats
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How are biological diversity, protected areas, indigenous knowledge and religious worldviews related? From an anthropological perspective, this book provides an introduction into the complex subject of conservation policies that cannot be addressed without recognising the encompassing relationship between discursive, political, economic, social and ecological facets. By facing these interdependencies across global,  Read more...
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Maass, Petra.
Cultural Context of Biodiversity : Seen and Unseen Dimensions of Indigenous Knowledge among Q'Eqchi' Communities in Guatemala.
Akron : University of Akron Press, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Petra Maass
ISBN: 9781935603344 1935603345 1935603353 9781935603351 1931968802 9781931968805
OCLC Number: 694147117
Notes: Originally published 2008 in Germany by Universitätsverlag Göttingen.
Description: 1 online resource (283 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Introduction --
The global context --
The discursive context --
The local context --
Local expressions of indigenous knowledge --
Concluding remarks --
Epilogue --
References --
Appendix.
Series Title: Göttinger Beiträge zur Ethnologie, v. 2.
Responsibility: Petra Maass.

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How are biological diversity, protected areas, indigenous knowledge and religious worldviews related? From an anthropological perspective, this book provides an introduction into the complex subject of conservation policies that cannot be addressed without recognising the encompassing relationship between discursive, political, economic, social and ecological facets. By facing these interdependencies across global, national and local dynamics, it draws on an ethnographic case study among Maya-Q'eqchi' communities living in the margins of protected areas in Guatemala. In documenting the cultural aspects of landscape, the study explores the coherence of diverse expressions of indigenous knowledge. It intends to remind of cultural values and beliefs closely tied to subsistence activities and ritual practices that define local perceptions of the natural environment. The basic idea is to illustrate that there are different ways of knowing and reasoning, seeing and endowing the world with meaning, which include visible material and invisible interpretative understandings. These tend to be underestimated issues in international debates and may provide an alternative approach upon which conservation initiatives responsive to the needs of the humans involved should be based on.

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