Indigenous Forestry in the Americas: Comparative Environmental Histories in Bolivia and Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Madison
For many indigenous communities forests have powerful cultural, historical, and economic meanings. In this dissertation I explore the meanings of forest management for two indigenous communities. I address three fundamental questions: How do indigenous communities understand their relationship with forests and forest management? Why have they engaged in forest management? How does history shape definitions and practices of sustainability? To answer these questions I use combine historical and qualitative research methods using a case study approach.