Title

Commercial Hunting By Subsistence Hunters - Siriono Indians And Paraguayan Caiman In Lowland Bolivia

Title - Alternative

Hum. Organ.

Keywords

Resource Conservation And Management; Subsistence And Commercial; Hunting; Amazonia; Lowland Bolivia; Siriono Indians; Caiman-Yacare; Protein; Yuqui; Anthropology; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary

Abstract

There is increasing interest in including indigenous peoples of Amazonia in conservation activities. Conservation biologists and anthropologists often rely on assumptions of sustainable resource use by these native Amazonians based on traditional patterns of subsistence. As indigenous societies become more market oriented, however, they often must exploit floristic and faunal resources to meet growing needs for trade goods. Little is known about how these groups use their resources (particularly those involving animal products) under these conditions, or whether this use is in fact sustainable. In this paper we explore the question of subsistence hunters as commercial hunters, drawing on data collected among the Siriono of lowland Bolivia and their exploitation of the Paraguayan caiman (Caiman yacare). We suggest that any attempt to develop and implement resource conservation management plans must include both biological and social research to assess fully the complexities inherent to the human exploitation of faunal resources.

Publication Title

Human Organization

Volume

51

Issue/Number

3

Publication Date

1-1-1992

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

235

Last Page

244

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1992JJ92400004

ISSN

0018-7259

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