RIO NEGRO REGION OF THE AMAZON

RIO NEGRO REGION OF THE AMAZON - THE ACID TEST OF...

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THE ACID TEST OF INDIGENOUS ADAPTATION TO PROTEIN SCARCITY IN THE RIO NEGRO REGION OF THE AMAZON RESEARCH QUESTION How can the Curripaco indigenous population do so well in such an extremely poor and variable environment (hunger or starvation rivers and silent forests)? BACKGROUND 1. Previous research revealed that manioc (casava) garden production could allow a population seven times higher than currently exists in the region (Clark and Uhl 1987). 2. Hypothesize that protein is the limiting factor on the carrying capacity of the environment for the indigenous population. 3. Research in nutritional and medical anthropology with anthropometric, dietary, and clinical data revealed the general health of the population, except during the stress of wet season food scarcity when illness and mortality rise markedly (Holmes 1981, 1984, 1993). FIELD METHODS 1. Participant observation and interviewing during foraging process 2. Daily predation record for entire community for one full year ADAPTIVE CHALLENGES 1. Oligotrophic ecosystem (peneplain demineralization) a. low in nutrients, productivity, and diversity
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course ANTH 482 taught by Professor Mills during the Spring '11 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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