Human Ecology

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 109–130

Strategic procurement of fish by the pumé: A South American “fishing culture”

  • Ted L. Gragson

DOI: 10.1007/BF00889698

Cite this article as:
Gragson, T.L. Hum Ecol (1992) 20: 109. doi:10.1007/BF00889698


Information is presented on fishing effort, efficiency, techniques, and catch composition for Pumé men, women, and children along with a conceptual model of fishing as a food procurement strategy. The Pumé are a native lowland South American group living in the topical savanna region of southwestern Venezuela characterized by seasonal flooding. Results are discussed in relation to the Pumé environmental and social situation, and briefly compared with results from other lowland South American groups.

Key words

fishingtechniquesefficiencycatch diversityPuméSouth America

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ted L. Gragson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GeorgiaDepartment of AnthropologyAthensGeorgia