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Footprints of the forest : Ka'apor ethnobotany-- the historical ecology of plant utilization by an Amazonian people

Author: William Bal�ee. ; William L Balée
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1994.
Series: Biology and resource management in the tropics series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Footprints of the Forest is the clearest and most comprehensive account to date of the relationship between an Amazonian people and their botanical environment. Based on Balee's ten years of ethnological and botanical research among the Tupi-Guarani-speaking Indians, especially the Ka'apor, of eastern Amazonia, this book documents the ways in which the Ka'apor use, manage, name, and classify many hundreds of plant  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Bal�ee. ; William L Balée
ISBN: 0231074840 9780231074841 0231074859 9780231074858
OCLC Number: 28114087
Description: ix, 396 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Note on Orthography and Glosses for Indigenous Terms --
1. Introduction --
2. The Botanical and Ethnographic Setting --
3. Ka'apor History --
4. Activity Contexts of Plants and People --
5. Medicine, Magic, and Poison --
6. Indigenous Forest Management --
7. Plant Nomenclature and Classification --
8. Toward a Comparative Ethnobotany of Lowland South America --
Appendix 1 Ecological Importance Values of Fallow Species --
Appendix 2 Ecological Importance Values of Fallow Families --
Appendix 3 Ecological Importance Values of High Forest Species --
Appendix 4 Ecological Importance Values of High Forest Families --
Appendix 5 Alphabetical List of Plant Species Known to the Ka'apor --
Appendix 6 Codes for Activity Contexts --
Appendix 7 Indigenous Names and Activity Contexts of Plants Known to the Ka'apor --
Appendix 8 Specific Activities and Associated Plants in Ka'apor Culture --
Appendix 9 Concordance of Folk and Botanical Nomenclature --
Appendix 10 Outline for a Classification of Ka'apor Generic Plant Names.
Series Title: Biology and resource management in the tropics series.
Responsibility: William Balée.

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