Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultural ecology of the Trueque Chilote: The wood-potato barter system of northern Patagonia, Chile
by Vercoe, Richard A., M.A., University of Wyoming, 2012, 89; 1529610
Abstract (Summary)

An endemic potato-wood barter system known as "Trueque Chilote" has been in place between the islands of ChiloƩ and the surrounding mainland communities of Patagonia for hundreds of years. This has produced unique natural and cultural dynamics based on primary food production and natural resource needs. This study describes the current socio-ecological implications of the barter system for the conservation of biogenetic resources and forest sustainability in the region. The project includes three core elements. i) Field observations based on semi-structured interviews with inhabitants describing the trade networks between the island and forest communities. ii) Site visits to the participating communities and homesteads to document forest type, cover and productivity as well as the agricultural productivity of the potato producing sites. iii) Analysis of remote sensing imagery to determine and corroborate field observations for forest coverage and potato field coverage and productivity at a regional scale. The project combines these three study methods to derive a current description of the geographical extent and implications of the Chilote barter trade in the area. The ChiloƩ island potato-wood barter system serves an important role in facilitating the exchange of vital natural resources between remote communities while supporting a cooperative cultural dynamic within and between neighbor communities both near and far.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Webster, Gerald, Gribb, William
Commitee: Gribb, William, Henne, Adam, Paulson, Deborah, Walter, B. Oliver
School: University of Wyoming
Department: Geography & Recreation
School Location: United States -- Wyoming
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ecology, Geography, Environmental economics, Natural Resource Management
Keywords: Bartering, Chile, Cultural ecology, Horticulture, Subsistence
Publication Number: 1529610
ISBN: 978-1-267-73415-0
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