Pierre Beaucage taught at the Anthropology Department of the University of Montreal and the Institute of History and Science at the University of Valencia (Spain). He has carried out numerous research projects in the fields of economic anthropology, ethnohistory and ethnoscience. He is also recognized for the consistency and depth of his commitment to the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
CORPS, COSMOS ET ENVIRONNEMENT CHEZ LES NAHUAS DE LA SIERRA NORTE DE PUEBLA
Une aventure en anthropologie
Released: 03 September 2009
This work is the synthesis of more than thirty years of research in Mexico and the culmination of a long collaboration between the anthropologist Pierre Beaucage and an indigenous organization devoted to the reappropriation of Amerindian culture, Taller de Tradición Oral. This work describes the development, by Nahua peasants, of a complex and sustainable form of conservation for their tropical mountain environment. The author focuses on systems of representation which integrate taxonomies of flora and fauna by esta blishing the human body as the fundamental metaphor of the cosmos. The importance of this work of systematization is clearly apparent in the current context, in which indigenous people are reclaiming, as an integral part of their identity, their own ways of establishing relations with material and symbolic environments. The work provides a wealth of maps, figures, tables and photography.
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