Forest Dwellers, Forest Protectors: Indigenous Models For International Development by Richard ReedForest Dwellers, Forest Protectors: Indigenous Models For International Development by Richard Reed

Forest Dwellers, Forest Protectors: Indigenous Models For International Development

byRichard ReedEditorRichard Reed

Paperback | August 7, 2008

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The Guarani of Paraguay have survived over four centuries of contact with the commercial system, while keeping in tact their traditions of leadership, religion and kinship.  This concise ethnography examines how the Guarani have adapted over time, in concert with Paraguay¿s subtropical forest system.

New To This Edition:

  • Expanded historical background and updated demographic information on the Guarani brings the research to the present day (Chapter 1).
  • Expands and strengthens the discussion of ¿sustainability¿ to include more recent advances in the concept (Chapter 1), and introduces the idea of ¿subsidy from nature¿ into the discussion of conventional tropical development (Chapter 3).
  • Develops the discussion of women¿s labor in horticulture (Chapter 3).
  • Analyzes the effects of indigenous mixed agro-forestry in stemming the high rates of Paraguayan deforestation of the 1990s   (Chapter 4).
  • Discusses the recent globalization of the yerba mate market, and the economy's effecton Paraguay¿s protected areas (Chapter 4).
  • Describes Guarani ethnic federations as a means to engage the national and international political institutions (Chapter 4).
  • Explores the rapid growth in Guarani population in native communities, which results from lower infant mortality, more land pressure and more reliable census data (Chapter 4).

This brief introductory text makes the ideal supplementary text for students of anthropology.

Richard Reed is Professor of Anthropology at Trinity University, USA. He studies the effects of deforestation on indigenous groups in the forests of South America. Over the last fifteen years, he has been working with Guarani villages on the frontier of expanding colonization and agriculture in Paraguay. In two of his books, Prophets o...
Title:Forest Dwellers, Forest Protectors: Indigenous Models For International DevelopmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:August 7, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0205628117

ISBN - 13:9780205628117


Table of Contents

Foreword to the Series




1. The Guaraní of the Forest    

Guaraní Demographics 



Lessons from the Guaraní         

Theoretical Concepts   

Going Into the Field     

Fieldwork Methods     

Overview of the Book 


2. Guaraní Social Organization 


Guaraní Religion          

Guaraní Leadership      

Guaraní Economics      


3. Guaraní Production  

Tropical Ecosystems    

Indigenous Knowledge

Guaraní Agroforestry   

Agroforestry as Adaption         

Gender and the Division of Labor         

Production and Guaraní Autonomy       

Guaraní Consumption  


4. Contemporary Development and Guaraní Communities        

Economic Development or Political Expediency?          

Economic Development or Ecological Destruction?      

Destabilizing Guaraní Society   

Dislocating Guaraní Communities         

Guaraní Society and Assistance Programs        


5. Indigenous Models for Sustainable Development      

Applying the Indigenous Model for Resource Use        

Economics as if People Mattered