Human Ecology

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 109–130 | Cite as

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

  • Ted L. Gragson


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

fishing techniques efficiency catch diversity Pumé South America 


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

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