The primary objective of this paper is to examine how socio-ecological modeling efforts can use participatory visual methods to bridge cultural and linguistic differences among research participants and researchers. The growing number of case studies of indigenous communities highlights the need for methods that recognize and represent such communities’ distinctive realities while also establishing alternative communication techniques to enhance the participatory process. Using the Rich Picture method as a first step in a participatory modeling effort in the Tumucumaque Complex, a multicultural indigenous reserve in the Brazilian Amazon, our research specifically investigates how young adults envision the “good life” in Tumucumaque, including their perceptions of the elements most central to indigenous lifeways as well as the perceived roles of traditional cultural materials and modern industrial technologies. Finally, we make a critical assessment of the Rich Picture method, elucidating both its strengths and weaknesses while also addressing the, often underestimated, complexity of modeling culture in socio-ecological research.
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This study was funded in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001. Also by “Floresta em Pé e Bem Viver Sustentável no Norte do Pará: Terras Indígenas Parque do Tumucumaque, Rio Paru d’Este, e Zo’é” (Concession Agreement for Financial Collaboration n. 15.2.00733.1, between the BNDES/Fundo Amazonia and the Iepé - Institute of Indigenous Research and Training); and Consolidação de Terras Indígenas e Articulação entre Áreas Protegidas (TIs, TQs e UCs) no Mosaico Calha Norte (Concession Agreement for Financial Collaboration n. 5345, between the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Iepé - Institute of Indigenous Research and Training).
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Amazonas, I.T., Kawa, N.C., Zanetti, V. et al. Using Rich Pictures to Model the ‘Good Life’ in Indigenous Communities of the Tumucumaque Complex in Brazilian Amazonia. Hum Ecol 47, 341–354 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-019-0076-5
- Participatory modeling
- Socio-ecological systems
- Rich picture method
- Brazilian Amazonia