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Ethnobotany in a globalizing world: the Tsimane people of the Bolivian Amazon

How does traditional knowledge of plants adapt to a changing world?


Modernization and the acquisition of formal schooling are often considered a cause of loss of indigenous people’s ethnobotanical knowledge. Modernization–it is argued- makes available commercial products that substitute plant products that depend on ethnobotanical knowledge, and schooling opens pathways to the non-indigenous world. Data collected among a forager-horticulturalist Amazonian society, the Tsimane’, as a part of a ten year-long panel study reveals a more complex pattern. Modernization can be associated to both loss and retention of ethnobotanical knowledge, and schooling holds a potential remedy to ethnobotanical knowledge demise if educational curricula are aligned with indigenous realities and incorporate ethnobotanical knowledge in school content.


Speaker(s):

Dr Victoria Reyes-García | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

19 October 2010 at 5:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Sustainable Uses Group
Jodrell Laboratory
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kew
TW9 3AB
020 8332 5386
http://www.kew.org/scihort/ecbot/

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Lecture is at the Jodrell Lecture Theatre, entrance via Jodrell Gate, Kew Road, London TW9 3DS. 10 minutes walk from Kew Gardens and Kew Bridge stations; ample free parking nearby.

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