Antiquity of Traditional Ethnobiological Knowledge in Amazonia: The Tupi-Guarani Family and Time

  title={Antiquity of Traditional Ethnobiological Knowledge in Amazonia: The Tupi-Guarani Family and Time},
  author={William Bal{\'e}e},
  pages={399 - 422}
  • W. Balée
  • Published 1 April 2000
  • Linguistics
  • Ethnohistory
Traditional ethnobiological knowledge (TEK) in Amazonia can be elucidated by comparative study within a language family. Some of this TEK has been more resistant to change than certain elements from other cultural domains, such as kinship and politics. Although much TEK has been nevertheless eroded over time, the Tupí-Guaraní language family shows evidence for retention of TEK concerning not only many domesticated and semidomesticated plants but also certain wild resources. In particular, that… 

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