Book

Prophets of agroforestry: Guarani communities and commercial gathering

University of Texas PressAustin • Published In 1995 • Pages:

By: Reed, Richard K..

Abstract
This is an ethnographic study of the Chiripa Guarani of the Itanaramí village area in the Mbaracayu region of Paraguay. Fieldwork for this document was done primarily during the period of 1981-1984 with brief subsequent visits following. The major theme of the work is the exploration of the various factors, both social and economic, which have permitted the Chiripa to maintain their distinct culture and society even though they have been in contact with the dominant Paraguayan society for several centuries. Reed discusses the social and ecological context for Chiripa life, the development of commercial extraction processes in the area and their importance to the formation of the state, the basic structure of Chiripa society (including the components which hold it together), the indigenous agroforestry economy, leadership and religion, labor, Mestizo-Indian relationships, and the overall theoretical and applied implications of the author's research.
Subjects
Tillage
Lumbering
Forest products
Ethnic stratification
Nuclear family
Kinship terminology
Kin relationships
Inter-ethnic relations
Shamans and psychotherapists
culture
Guaraní
HRAF PubDate
1998
Region
South America
Sub Region
Eastern South America
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-5
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1997
Coverage Date
1900-1980s
Coverage Place
Chiripa Guarani; Itanarami village, Mbaracayu region, Paraguay
Notes
Richard K. Reed
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-241) and index
LCCN
94010634
LCSH
Guarani Indians