We have a new publication out in print

This publication looks at how different Christian religions influence indigenous people’s belief systems concerning hunting and meat taboos in the Amazon

Luzar J.B, Silvius K.M. and Fragoso JMV. 2012. Church Affiliation and Meat Taboos in Indigenous Communities of Guyanese Amazonia. Human Ecology 40:833-845.

 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10745-012-9521-4

Abstract

Using data from a three-year study of socioeconomic factors influencing hunting in 23 indigenous communities, we assess the influence of indigenous and Christian beliefs and practices on dietary taboos among Makushi and Wapishana peoples in the Guyanese Amazon. We found that members of Evangelical and established (Anglican and Catholic) churches do not differ significantly in terms of their adherence to dietary restrictions and members of Sabbatarian churches show a stronger tendency to adhere to dietary taboos than Evangelicals or members of established churches. Counter to expectations, we found no significant difference in avoidance of meat between households belonging to established and Evangelical churches. Furthermore, members of all church groups deviated in terms of dietary restrictions from indigenous norms as exemplified in dietary advice given by shamans. We conclude that, despite doctrinal opposition to shamanistic practices associated with indigenous taboos, there is continuity in terms of dietary practice among Makushi and Wapishana households that have converted to Evangelical and, to some degree, Sabbatarian forms of Christianity.

Dr. José Fragoso presents a plenary lecture at the “X Congreso Internacional de Manejo de Fauna Silvestre en la Amazonía y América Latina”

José Fragoso will be presenting a plenary lecture at the “X Congreso Internacional de Manejo de Fauna Silvestre en la Amazonía y América Latina” in Salta, Argentina on May 17, 2012.  The title of the talk is “Interacciones complejas entre biodiversidad y las tradiciones culturales de los pueblos indígenas amazónicos”.

Taal Levi, Kirsten Silvius, L. Flamarion de Oliveira and José Fragoso submit paper to Biotropica

Taal Levi, Kirsten Silvius, L. Flamarion de Oliveira and José Fragoso submitted a manuscript entitled “Competition and facilitation in the formation of interspecific primate groups” on April 3, 2012 to the journal “Biotropica”.

Dr. José Fragoso presents lecture at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

José M.V. Fragoso presented a lecture entitled “Interações Complexas entre a Biodiversidade e Culturas Indígenas” at the “Centro de Estudos Ameríndio” of the Univesidade do Sao Paulo (USP) on March 19, 2012. A video of the lecture (in Portuguese) can be seen at http://cesta.vitis.uspnet.usp.br/

Fragoso group paper accepted for publication

A manuscript by Jeff Luzar, Kirsten Silvius and José Fragoso entitled “Church Affiliation and Meat Taboos in Indigenous Communities of the Amazon”, was accepted for publication with revisions by the journal “Human Ecology” on March 19, 2012. The paper examines how meat taboos held by indigenous peoples are influenced by a number of different Christian churches.

José Fragoso presents at ICMBio

Dr. José Fragoso presented results from his research integrating indigenous communities into biodiversity monitoring at the Chico Mendes Institute of Conservation and Biodiversity (ICMBio) in Brasilia, Brazil on February 10, 2012.  Click here for an overview in portuguese.

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