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dc.contributor.authorFabiano, E
dc.contributor.authorSchulz, C
dc.contributor.authorMartín Brañas, M
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-25T11:49:38Z
dc.date.available2021-11-25T11:49:38Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn2666-0490
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/331132
dc.description.abstractGlobally, the importance of indigenous and local knowledge systems for science, policy, environmental conservation and the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples is increasingly being recognised. The Amazon region in particular is home to many indigenous peoples who have conserved their cultural traditions and knowledge, despite growing threats to the environment and traditional lifestyles and cultures. Based on insights from ethnographic research in three indigenous communities, here we present a case study on the indigenous knowledge of the Urarina people of the Chambira Basin in the Peruvian Amazon and its implications for conservation. We describe, for the first time, a series of anthropomorphic and territorial “wetland spirits”, who are associated with particular wetland ecosystems and range in character from the benign to outright aggressive. Their presence may indirectly benefit conservation of wetlands, as humans fear or respect these wetland spirits and adapt their behaviour accordingly. While benign spirits may be seen as positive models to follow, aggressive spirits may deter unsustainable harvesting of resources through fear of disease or death. However, their cultural status is not adequately captured by such rational-scientific explanations. Wetland spirits are important characters within the indigenous cosmos of humans and non-humans, which is built on a relational, rather than extractive model of connecting humans and nature. We discuss our findings in the context of wider conceptual debates on recognising relational ontologies in environmental policy and conservation, the paradigm of biocultural conservation, as well as their implications for land titling, and incorporating indigenous perspectives in local education.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleWetland spirits and indigenous knowledge: Implications for the conservation of wetlands in the Peruvian Amazon
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage100107
prism.number100107
prism.publicationDate2021
prism.publicationNameCurrent Research in Environmental Sustainability
prism.startingPage100107
prism.volume3
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.78579
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.78579
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-11-17
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.crsust.2021.100107
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2021
dc.contributor.orcidSchulz, Christopher [0000-0002-0206-2390]
dc.identifier.eissn2666-0490
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2021-11-23


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