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Prophets of Agroforestry: Guarani Communities and Commercial Gathering

Reed, Richard K.

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ISBN 10: 0292770677 / ISBN 13: 9780292770676
Published by University of Texas Press, 1995
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Title: Prophets of Agroforestry: Guarani ...

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Publication Date: 1995

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st. ed.

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For almost four centuries, the Chiripa (Guarani) people of eastern Paraguay have maintained themselves as a distinct society, despite continual and often intense relations with Paraguayan society and the international economy. In this study, Richard K. Reed explores the economic and social basis for this ethnic autonomy. Reed finds that Chiripa economic power derives from commercial agroforestry. Unlike Latin American indigenous societies that have been forced to clear land for commercial agriculture, the Chiripa continue to harvest and sell forest products, such as caffeinated yerba mate, without destroying the forests. Reed also explores the relation of this complex economy to Chiripa social organization and shows how flexible kin ties allowed the Chiripa to adapt to the pressures and opportunities of the commercial economy without adopting the authoritarian nature of rural Paraguayan society. These findings offer important insights into the relations among indigenous groups, nation-states, and the international economy. They also provide a timely alternative model for sustainable management of subtropical forests that will be of interest in the fields of development and environmental studies.

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Richard K. Reed is Professor of Anthropology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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