A biocultural approach to the use of natural resources in Northeast Brazil: A socioeconomic perspective

  title={A biocultural approach to the use of natural resources in Northeast Brazil: A socioeconomic perspective},
  author={Nylber Augusto da Silva and {\^A}ngelo Giuseppe Chaves Alves and Ulysses Paulino de Albuquerque and Marcelo Alves Ramos},
  journal={Acta Botanica Brasilica},
We employed a biocultural approach to understanding the dynamics of knowledge ans use of natural resources associated in immaterial aspects of culture. We investigated whether factors such as sex, income, age, religion, occupation and time of participation in cultural practice infl uence the richness of species known and used by members of Cavalo Marinho, expression of the popular culture of the Brazilian Northeast that brings together theater, music and dance. We recorded a total of 111… 
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