‘This is not the jungle, this is my barbecho’: semantics of ethnoecological landscape categories in the Bolivian Amazon

Flurina M. Wartmann*, Ross S. Purves

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Through a case study with Spanish-speaking Takana indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon, we explored ethnoecological landscape categories, including their ecological underpinnings, cultural significance and hierarchical organisation. Using field walks and interviews with consultants, we elicited 156 ethnoecological landscape categories, 60 of which related to vegetation types. However, sorting exercises with landscape photographs revealed that vegetation was not a guiding organisation principle. Takana consultants organised ethnoecological landscape categories into geographical regions that contained different landscape features, including vegetation units, topographical or hydrological features. Comparing the documented ethnoecological landscape categorisation with a published scientific botanical classification of vegetation units, we observed some important conceptual differences, which in turn have implications for the management of such landscapes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-94
Number of pages18
JournalLandscape Research
Issue number1
Early online date6 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Amazon rainforest
  • folk landscape categorisation
  • Landscape classification
  • landscape ethnoecology
  • Takana indigenous people


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