The aboriginal cultural geography of the Llanos de Mojos of Bolivia, (Ibero-Americana)



William M Denevan, "The aboriginal cultural geography of the Llanos de Mojos of Bolivia, (Ibero-Americana)"
Publisher: University of California | 1966 | ASIN B0007EA914 | File type: PDF | 185 pages | 21.3 mb

The field research for this study, carried out in Bolivia between June, 1961, and July, 1962, was supported by the Foreign Field Research Program conducted by the Division of Earth Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council and financed by the Geography Branch, Office of Naval Research, under contract Nonr-zjoof 09). In addition to library and archive studies in La Paz, Sucre, and Cochabamba, I made numerous field trips through the Mojos savannas and adjacent forests by foot, horseback, oxback, oxcart, boat, canoe, raft, jeep, airline, and bush plane. I also have been able to make brief visits to other seasonally flooded savannas in tropical America: the Pantanal of Brazil in 1956 and 1961, Maraj6 Island and the lower Amazon in 1956, the Miskito Coast savannas of eastern Nicaragua in 1957, locally flooded campos in the Planalto Central of Brazil in 1962, the lower Orinoco llanos of Venezuela in 1963 and 1964, and the RIO Heath savannas of southeastern Peru in 1966. I wish to acknowledge the assistance given me in Bolivia by the following individuals and institutions: the Bolivia California and Bolivia Shell Petroleum Companies for invaluable information and for use of aerial photographs and maps; the American and Bolivian personnel of the Servicio Agricola Interamericano in La Paz; the Summer Institute of Linguistics with headquarters in Riberalta; the Bolivian Instituto Geografico Militar; Martin Cardenas, the leading Bolivian botanist; Jorge Munoz Reyes, geologist, geographer, and Rector of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz; Gunnar Mendoza, Director of the Biblioteca y Archivo Nacional in Sucre; George Plafker, former photogeologist of the Bolivia California Petroleum Company; and numerous kind Benianos, both native and foreign.
At the University of California I profited from the criticism, encouragement, and ideas of James J. Parsons, Carl O. Sauer, John H. Rowe, and Woodrow Borah. My interest in Mojos originated in a seminar under Herbert Wilhelmy, now Professor of Geography at Tiibingen University in Germany. Others who have read the manuscript and offered valuable suggestions and corrections are Robert L. Carneiro, Gertrude E. Dole, Homer Aschmann, and Donald W. Lathrap. The maps were drawn in the University of Wisconsin Cartographic Laboratory under the direction of Randall Sale. The photographs for plates 12, 16, 17, and 19 were taken by Tony English of Bristow Helicopters, Inc. Financial support was received from the University of Wisconsin for preparing the final manuscript. I wish to give very special acknowledgment to my wife Susie for editorial assistance and moral support.[]

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