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Cultivated landscapes of Native Amazonia

Author: William M Denevan
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Series: Oxford geographical and environmental studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"This book examines Indian agriculture in South America. The focus is on field types and field technologies, including agricultural landforms such as terraces, canals, and drained fields, which have persisted for hundreds of years. The evidence utilized comes from abandoned fields, historical documents, and current practices. What emerges is a picture of mostly successful indigenous farming practices in rain  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William M Denevan
ISBN: 0199257698 9780199257690 0198234074 9780198234074
OCLC Number: 1057998821
Description: xxx, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Introduction: Fields and Associated Features --
1. Research on Native Cultivated Landscapes in the Americas --
2. Classification of Field Types --
3. Crops, Tools, and Soft Technology --
pt. II. Amazonian Cultivation --
4. A Diversity of Habitats and Field Systems --
5. Fields of the Mojo, Campa, Bora, Shipibo, and Karinya --
6. Pre-European Riverine Cultivation --
7. Pre-European Forest Cultivation --
pt. III. Andean Irrigation and Terracing --
8. Irrigated Fields --
9. Terraced Fields --
10. Terrace and Irrigation Origins and Abandonment in the Colca Valley --
pt. IV. Raised and Drained Fields --
11. Lost Systems of Cultivation --
12. The Mojos Raised Fields --
13. The Titicaca Raised Fields --
14. Ditched Fields, Drainage Canals, and River Canalization --
pt. V. Conclusion --
15. Implications of Indigenous Agricultural Technology --
App. 1A. Cultivated Plants of South America --
App. 1B. Roster of Cultivated Plants by Species Name.
Series Title: Oxford geographical and environmental studies.
Responsibility: William M. Denevan.
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"This book examines Indian agriculture in South America. The focus is on field types and field technologies, including agricultural landforms such as terraces, canals, and drained fields, which have persisted for hundreds of years. The evidence utilized comes from abandoned fields, historical documents, and current practices. What emerges is a picture of mostly successful indigenous farming practices in rain forests, savannas, swamps, rugged mountains, and deserts. And while this knowledge may not always be directly applicable to development today, it does provide us with some unique techniques and some basic principles for farming difficult environments."--Jacket.

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