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“Language, Learning, and Land Use: Ecological Knowledge Transmissions in the Gran Chaco and Amazonia”

The Anthropology Colloquia Series and UO Global Studies Institute Present:

“Language, Learning, and Land Use: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Transmission in the Gran Chaco and Amazonia”


Dr. María Belén Carpio, Universidad del Nordeste, Argentina

Drs. Marcela Mendoza, Michelle Scalise Sugiyama, and Lawrence Sugiyama, University of Oregon


Tuesday, April 16th| 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Condon Hall 204


This panel presentation will introduce a collaborative research project between the University of Oregon and the Universidad del Nordeste in Argentina. The project explores the relationships between language, ecology, and subsistence among diverse indigenous peoples and habitats of South America, with an emphasis on the use of verbal artifacts, linguistic structures, and paralinguistic features to encode and transmit traditional ecological knowledge. Dr. Mendoza will present an overview of Gran Chaco ecology and human occupation from the mid-Holocene to the present. Dr. Carpio will discuss the language diversity of the Gran Chaco region with a special focus on language vitality. Dr. Scalise Sugiyama will discuss ecological knowledge encoded in Wichí, Toba, and Shuar oral tradition. Dr. Sugiyama will present an overview of Shuar ecology and subsistence practices, and discuss field methods involved in the collection of traditional ecological knowledge.


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