Piaroa Manioc Varietals: Hyperdiversity or Social Currency?

@article{Heckler2008PiaroaMV,
  title={Piaroa Manioc Varietals: Hyperdiversity or Social Currency?},
  author={Serena Heckler and Stanford Zent},
  journal={Human Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={36},
  pages={679-697}
}
The maintenance of exceptionally high numbers of folk varieties by the Piaroa people of the Venezuelan Amazon is considered. We cataloged 113 manioc folk varieties, their nomenclature, use and relevant characters, revealing significant insights into the role of manioc in Piaroa social life. Through a qualitative investigation of the cultivation, processing and symbolic significance of manioc (Manihot esculenta) in two Piaroa regions over a period of 18 years, we have found that such… CONTINUE READING

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