Re: Indigenous folks protect environment?

Mon, 19 Sep 1994 09:28:09 CDT

Last year's AAA meeting in Washington DC included an excellent
session on this topic organized by Mike Alvard of Dickinson
College. It included papers by Alvard, Bobbi Low of the University
of Michigan, Anna Roosevelt, and several others. I believe the title
of the session was something like "The Ecologically Noble Savage?"
Alvard's own research is among the Piro of the Peruvian Amazon
on the idea that indigenous people are natural conservationists.
He has an article on this topic in Human Nature (v. 5, no. 2, 1994).
In short, the presenters all (except Roosevelt, maybe) against the
idea that indigenous people have all worked out wonderful ways of
living in harmony with the environment.

Alvard's address is Dept. of Anth, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Lee Cronk
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4352
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