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Title: Age Grades and Environmental Practice among the Xavante of Pimentel Barbosa
Authors: Welch, James R.
Keywords: Xavante
Pimentel Barbosa
environmental anthropology
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LC Subject Headings: Ethnology
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Welch, James R. 2005. Age Grades and Environmental Practice among the Xavante of Pimentel Barbosa. 104th Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association.
Abstract: Through its emphasis on diachronic change in human-landscape interactions, the historical ecology model implies connections between the past and the future. However, making these connections requires new ways of understanding the present. In this paper, I argue that among the Xavante people of Pimentel Barbosa village, Brazil, contemporary age-based variation in environmental practice (behaviors and perspectives involving the environment) manifests an ongoing process of continuity and change with implications for the past and the future. I discuss this pattern in terms of three formal age grades – adolescent youth (wapté), young adults (ritei’wa), and mature adults (iprédu) – and their mutual involvement in an ongoing tension between “traditional” and “modern” environmental roles.
Description: 104th Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association
Washington, D.C.
November 30-December 4, 2005
Multiplying futures in historical ecology: Understanding change and continuity in sociocultural landscapes ; Symposium organized by Meredith Dudley and Felice Wyndham
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