Ethnoentomological Survey of Brazilian Indians
Posey, Darrell Addison
Indigenous peoples of Brazil have adapted for millenia to insects as important factors in their social-ecological systems. This paper surveys the role of insects as fod, crop pests, influences in house types and seasonal movement, medicinals, causes of disease, and importance in myth and folklore. Special emphasis is given to Indians as folk ethologists. Social insects serve as important "natural models" for the Kayapo Indians and are symbolically recognized as such in rituals and ceremonies. Studies of ethnoentomology not only can provide social insights into indigenous cultures, but can also provide Western science with interesting new data and testable hypotheses.