What makes indigenous peoples conserve or degrade biodiversity? This study about the hunting practices of the Wachiperi of the Peruvian rainforest provides a superb example of the changing environmental behavior of indigenous groups, particularly in light of widespread phenomena such as cultural change, market expansion, and greater diversification of livelihoods. The reasons why indigenous communities end up degrading or conserving natural resources are addressed in a comprehensive yet accessible manner, filling a critical gap in current knowledge. This revealing study will change the way you think about indigenous peoples and their relationship with the natural environment.
Rodolfo Tello is an anthropologist who has worked extensively with indigenous peoples of the Peruvian rainforest. In addition to the Wachiperi, he conducted research about social and environmental issues among the Awajun, Nahua, and Quechua-Lamista. He was also responsible for implementing the safeguard policies on indigenous peoples of a multilateral organization in countries such as Bolivia, Guatemala, Argentina, and Paraguay. He holds a PhD in anthropology from American University and has a master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a Fulbright scholar and currently works as a consultant for an international development organization. He is also a general aviation pilot and occasionally teaches university classes on cultural anthropology.
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