Laura Zanotti, Anthropology
Ethnocartography and field guides for an Amerindian
The goal of this project is to prepare and complete field guides and community maps for an indigenous group in the Central Brazilian Amazon. Many indigenous groups are attempting to defend their homelands, but are lacking with the basic multilingual materials to discuss their knowledge in the framework of conservation practices. The distribution of communication tools, like ethnobiological guides, would benefit communities through giving them the technical vocabulary necessary for discussing their traditional ecological knowledge in professional and political contexts. It also would provide written documentation and educational materials for teaching and transmitting local knowledge among community members.