Traditional Mapuche Ecological Knowledge in Patagonia, Argentina: Fishes and Other Living Being Inhabiting Continental Water, as a Reflection of Processes of Change
By: Juana Aigo & Ana Ladio
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
(2016) 12:56
Key words: Ethnoichthyology, Fluvial environments, Fish, Perceptions, Mapuche Ecological Knowledge
Understanding how people interpret environmental change and develop practices in response to such change is essential to comprehend human resource use. In the cosmology of the American indigenous peoples, as among the Mapuche people, freshwater systems are considered a living entity, where animals have an enormous role to play in the universe of meaning. However, human adaptive responses to freshwater system dynamics are scarcely examined. In this work a survey is carried out in three Mapuche communities of Argentine Patagonia to assess their traditional knowledge of the fishes and other non-human living beings that inhabit lakes and rivers.

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