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Indigenous fire management in the cerrado of Brazil: the case of the Kraho of Tocantٍins

Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Andrade, Valeria; Kraho, Txicapro; Kraho, Phocrok and Leonardos, Othon (2005). Indigenous fire management in the cerrado of Brazil: the case of the Kraho of Tocantٍins. Human Ecology, 33(3) pp. 365–386.

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Indigenous peoples have been using fire in the cerrado (savannas) of Brazil as a form of management for thousands of years, yet we have little information on why, when and how these fire practices take place. The aim of this paper was to explore the traditional use of fire as a management tool by the Krahô indigenous group living in the north-eastern region of Tocantíns state, Brazil. The results indicate that the Krahô burn for a variety of reasons throughout the dry season, thereby producing a mosaic of burned and unburned patches in the landscape. The paper discusses this burning regime in the context of contemporary issues regarding fire management, and in the face of changing perceptions to fire by the Krahô themselves.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0300-7839
Keywords: savanna; cerrado; Brazil; indigenous fire management; patch dynamics
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 5164
Depositing User: Andrea Berardi
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 16:12
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