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Landscape Ethnoecology : Concepts of Biotic and Physical Space - Leslie Main Johnson

Landscape Ethnoecology

Concepts of Biotic and Physical Space

By: Leslie Main Johnson (Editor), Eugene S. Hunn (Editor)

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"[The editors] have brought together many of the most innovative thinkers and field workers to ponder how local communities make sense of the landscapes in which they live, and upon which they depend. This volume is rich with insights about how cultures perceive the spaces, landforms and habitats which nourish them." * Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD., author, Singing the Turtles to Sea and Cultures of Habitat "This landmark volume is bound to become a theoretical touchstone and wellspring for assessing the unity and diversity of human conceptualizations of landscape. It deftly combines a rigorous review of cross-cultural theories of landscape perception and classification with richly-detailed ethnographic examples of landscape ethnoecology." * Thomas F. Thornton, School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford Although anthropologists and cultural geographers have explored "place" in various senses, little cross-cultural examination of "kinds of place," or ecotopes, has been presented from an ethno-ecological perspective. In this volume, indigenous and local understandings of landscape are investigated in order to better understand how human communities relate to their terrestrial and aquatic resources. The contributors go beyond the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) literature and offer valuable insights on ecology and on land and resources management, emphasizing the perception of landscape above the level of species and their folk classification. Focusing on the ways traditional people perceive and manage land and biotic resources within diverse regional and cultural settings, the contributors address theoretical issues and present case studies from North America, Mexico, Amazonia, tropical Asia, Africa and Europe. Leslie Main Johnson is Associate Professor in the Centre for Work and Community Studies and the Centre for Integrated Studies, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada. Her publications include Trails of Story, Traveller's Path: Reflections on Ethnoecology and Landscape (Athabasca University Press, 2009) and articles in Human Ecology, Journal of Ethnobiology, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, and Botany. Eugene S. Hunn is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. His books include Tzeltal Folk Zoology: The Classification of Discontinuities in Nature (Academic Press, 1977), Resource Managers: North American and Australian Hunter-Gatherers, co-edited with N. M. Williams (Westview, 1981), Nch'i-Wana, 'The Big River': Mid-Columbia Indians and their Land (University of Washington Press, 1990), and A Zapotec Natural History: Trees, Herbs, and Flowers, Birds, Beasts, and Bugs in the Life of San Juan Gbee (University of Arizona Press, 2008).

[The editors] have brought together many of the most innovative thinkers and field workers to ponder how local communities make sense of the landscapes in which they live, and upon which they depend. This volume is rich with insights about how cultures perceive the spaces, landforms and habitats which nourish them.A" * Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD., author, Singing the Turtles to Sea and Cultures of Habitat This landmark volume is bound to become a theoretical touchstone and wellspring for assessing the unity and diversity of human conceptualizations of landscape. It deftly combines a rigorous review of cross-cultural theories of landscape perception and classification with richly-detailed ethnographic examples of landscape ethnoecology.A" * Thomas F. Thornton, School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction
Theoretical Perspectives
Towards a Theory of Landscape Ethnoecological Classification
Ethnophysiography of Arid Lands: Categories for Landscape Features
Landscape Classification - of Ecotypes, Biotypes, Landscape Elements and Forest Types
Landscape perception, classification and use among Sahelian Fulani in Burkina Faso (West-Africa)
Baniwa Habitat Classification in the White-Sand Campinarana Forests of the Northwest Amazon
Why aren't the Nuaulu like the Matsigenka? Knowledge and categorization of forest diversity on Seram, eastern Indonesia
The cultural significance of the habitat manaco taco to the Maijuna of the Peruvian Amazon
The structure and role of folk ecological knowledge in Les Allues, Savoie (France)
Life on the Ice: Understanding the Codes of a Changing Environment
Linkages and Meanings - of Landscapes and Cultural Landscapes
Visions of the Land - Kaska Ethnoecology, Kinds of PlaceA" and Cultural LandscapeA"
Journeying and Remembering: Anishinaabe Landscape Ethnoecology from Northwestern Ontario
What's In a Word? Southern Paiute Place Names as Keys to Environmental Perception
Managing Maya Landscapes: Quintana Roo, Mexico
Conclusions
Landscape Ethnoecology - Reflections
Notes on Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9781845456139
ISBN-10: 1845456130
Series: Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st February 2010
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.64