Nature is Culture
Indigenous knowledge and socio-cultural aspects of trees and forests in non-European cultures
The startling message of this book is that the so-called virgin forests of the world owe much to their symbiotic relationship with the indigenous peoples who live in and on the margins of the forests. Examples of forests are taken from Asia, Africa and South America, thus reflecting the global nature of the phenomenon. The book's conclusions will have far-reaching implications for all who are concerned with the conservation of forests and their indigenous human population. This book is published in the Indigenous Knowledge and Development Series.
|1. Introduction 1|
|2. Culturing trees: socialized knowledge in the political|
|ecology of Kissia and Kuranko forest islands of Guinea 7|
|JAMES FAIRHEAD AND MELISSA LEACH|
|3. The perceived environment as a system of knowledge and|
|meaning: a study of the Mewahang Rai of eastern Nepal 19|
|4. Tatari: livelihood and danger in upland Japan 28|
|5. Forests and trees in the cultural landscape of Lawa|
|swidden farmers in northern Thailand 44|
|6. Tree marriage in India 51|
|1. The influence of religious beliefs and rituals on forest|
|conservation in Nepal 57|
|ANDREW W. INGLES|
|8. The Huaorani and their trees: managing and imagining|
|the Ecuadorian rain forest 67|
|9. Where trees do matter for society: the socio-cultural aspects|
|of sal (Shorea robusta) and salap (Caryota urens L.) in the|
|Similipal hills of Orissa, India 79|
|MIHIR KUMAR JENA, KLAUS SEELAND AND KAMALA KUMARIPATNAIK|
|10. War, forests and the future: the environmental understanding|
|of the young in Sierra Leone 90|
|11. Indigenous knowledge of trees and forests in non-|
|European societies 101|
|12. Forests and trees in the world of two Tamang villages in|
|central Nepal: observations with special reference to the|
|role of Tamang women in forest management 113|
|Appendix to Chapter 12 130|
|Notes on contributors 136|
Klaus Seeland Klaus Seeland (PD, Dr., M.A.), born 1952 is at present reader in Sociology and Forest Resource Economics at the Chair of Forest Policy and Forest Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich/Switzerland), in Sociology at the University of Konstanz Germany) and Vice Chairman of 'Economic and Social Aspects of Forests in Developing countries', at the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO).
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