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Biocultural Collections and Participatory Methods: Old, Current, and Future Knowledge

  • Viviane Stern da Fonseca-Kruel
  • Luciana Martins
  • Aloisio Cabalzar
  • Claudia Leonor López-Garcés
  • Márlia Coelho-Ferreira
  • Pieter-Jan van der Veld
  • William Milliken
  • Mark Nesbitt
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Abstract

Biocultural collections document human–nature interactions through plant and animal-based artifacts, raw materials, herbarium voucher collections, and varied forms of documentation. They form a valuable resource for biocultural conservation, preserving and enhancing traditional knowledge, livelihoods, and the environment. They should be used through participatory methods that allow institutional researchers and local communities to share data on ethnobiological collections and artifacts, enabling new knowledge of plants and people from multiple perspectives. Methods are demonstrated through a case study of historic ethnobotanical specimens collected by Richard Spruce in the northwest Amazon.

Key words

Indigenous biocultural knowledge (IBK) Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) Ethnobiology Ethnobotany Brazil 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viviane Stern da Fonseca-Kruel
    • 1
  • Luciana Martins
    • 2
  • Aloisio Cabalzar
    • 3
  • Claudia Leonor López-Garcés
    • 4
  • Márlia Coelho-Ferreira
    • 5
  • Pieter-Jan van der Veld
    • 3
  • William Milliken
    • 6
  • Mark Nesbitt
    • 6
  1. 1.Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botânico do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Cultures and LanguagesBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Programa Rio NegroInstituto SocioambientalSão PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Coordenação de Ciências Humanas – AntropologiaMuseu Paraense Emílio GoeldiBelémBrazil
  5. 5.Coordenação de BotânicaMuseu Paraense Emílio GoeldiBelémBrazil
  6. 6.Royal Botanic Gardens, KewSurreyUK

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