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Alternative ways of representing Zapotec and Cuicatec folk classification of birds: a multidimensional model and its implications for culturally-informed conservation in Oaxaca, México.

Alcántara-Salinas, Graciela, Ellen, Roy F., Valiñas-Coalla, Leopoldo, Caballero, Javier, Argueta-Villamar, Arturo (2013) Alternative ways of representing Zapotec and Cuicatec folk classification of birds: a multidimensional model and its implications for culturally-informed conservation in Oaxaca, México. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 9 (1). 1-16, plus two additional files. ISSN 1746-4269. (doi:10.1186/1746-4269-9-81) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:37827)

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Abstract

Background

Fieldwork was conducted in the Zapotec village of San Miguel Tiltepec and in the Cuicatec village of San Juan Teponaxtla, using a combination of ethnographic interviews and pile-sorting tests. Post-fieldwork, Principal Component Analysis using NTSYSpc V. 2.11f was applied to obtain pattern variation for the answers from different participants.

Results and conclusion

Using language and pile-sorting data analysed through Principal Component Analysis, we show how both Zapotec and Cuicatec subjects place a particular emphasis on an intermediate level of classification. These categories group birds with non-birds using ecological and behavioral criteria, and violate a strict distinction between symbolic and mundane (or ‘natural’), and between ‘general-purpose’ and ‘single-purpose’ schemes. We suggest that shared classificatory knowledge embodying everyday schemes for apprehending the world of birds might be better reflected in a multidimensional model that would also provide a more realistic basis for developing culturally-informed conservation strategies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/1746-4269-9-81
Uncontrolled keywords: Animal conservation; Ethno-ornithological knowledge; Folk classification; Oaxaca; Mexico
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology
Depositing User: Roy Ellen
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 09:48 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:44 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37827 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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