Accession Number : AD0663060

Title :   CURRENT AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AMONG THE WAIWAI.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. on Savanna Research Project,

Corporate Author : MCGILL UNIV MONTREAL (QUEBEC) DEPT OF GEOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s) : Dagon,Ronald R.

Report Date : JUL 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : In order to increase the knowledge of the effect of shifting cultivation upon the movement of the forest/savanna boundary, the author examined the shifting cultivation practices of a tribe well within the forest, south of the Rupununi savannas. The preliminary examination of the Waiwai Tribe describes the settlement around Kanashen mission, and concentrates especially upon their methods of cultivation and the effect upon the surrounding natural forest vegetation. A list is given of the food crops grown as well as the livestock kept, and the importance of hunting and fishing is shown. Future developments in the Waiwai economy are suggested, and the problems of population pressure in an unfavorable ecosystem noted. A great need is seen for further investigation in this area. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AGRICULTURE, GUYANA), FORESTRY, SOILS, CLIMATE, GRASSES, FRUITS, PERIODIC VARIATIONS, FERTILIZERS, TERRAIN, SOUTH AMERICA

Subject Categories : Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture
      Biology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE