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Title: From shifting cultivation to coffee farming: The impact of change on the health and ecology of the Surui Indians in the Brazilian Amazon
Authors: Coimbra Junior, Carlos Everaldo Alvares
Affilliation: Indiana University. Bloomington, Indiana, EUA
Abstract: To date, no major attempt at discussing sociocultural change among Amazonian Indians from the perspective of medical anthropology and epidemiology has been undertaken. With the rapid occupation of Amazonia by national societies, pressure is being exerted upon indigenous populations, leading to changes in these societies. Such changes create different ecological and biological conditions that are followed by epidemiological changes. The extent to which the Surui Indians are managing to adapt to new socio-economic and ecological settings is the focus of this research. This study is based on field work conducted aiuong the Surui Indians of the Aripuana Indian Park, Brazil. It is based on data collected between 1979 and 1988. Ethnographic, demographic, anthropometric, and epidemiological data were collected. Contrary to previous studies, which emphasized isolated societies, this research deals with human adaptation under conditions of sociocultural, economic, and ecological change. It proposes that, under these circumstances, human adaptation should be assessed in terms of demographic and epidemiological indicators. These indicators permit comparisons through time of a population's adaptation to changing circumstances. The analysis of Surui demographic structure show that the society was resilient and able to overcome twz initial threat of biological extinction brought about by epidemic diseases. The Surui appear to have the highest rates of fertility recorded to dite in Amazonia. The indicators of fertility observed support tils conclusion and reflect a decline in sociocultural practices of fertility control. An imbalanced sex ratio in favor of males is the m.ajor structural problem faced by the group, further aggravated by the practice of polygyny. The imbalance of the sex ratio persists in the younger age cohorts. The nutritional consequences of the demographic response to tie threat of biological extinction have been less favorable — particularly due to the decline in subsistence agriculture and the monetization of the economy. Surui children are stunted, anemic, and have high parasite loads. Infant mortality is very high. At the sociocultural level, these shifts are leading a ripid co:nmunity economic differentiation. The multivariate regression analysis indicated that the socioeconomic index is an isportan~ variable accounting for the overall nutritional status of Surui children. The socioeconomic index was positively correlated with the nutritional status. The study also addresses the issue of the delivery of health services to Amazonia native societies undergoing sociocultural changes
Keywords: Brazil
Health of Indigenous Peoples
Indians, South American
Epidemiology
Anthropology, Cultural
Keywords: Suruí
Amazonas
Região Amazônica
Região Norte
DeCS: Brasil
Saúde de Populações Indígenas
Índios Sul-Americanos
Demografia
Epidemiologia
Antropologia da Saúde
Anthropology, Cultural
Ecossistema Amazônico
Issue Date: 1989
Citation: COIMBRA JUNIOR, Carlos Everaldo Alvares. From shifting cultivation to coffee farming: The impact of change on the health and ecology of the Surui Indians in the Brazilian Amazon. 1989. 392 f. Tese (Doutorado) - Indiana University, Bloomington, 1989
metadata.dc.degree.date: 1989
Place of defense: Bloomington/Indiana
metadata.dc.degree.department: Departamento de Antropologia
Defense institution: Indiana University
Program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia
Copyright: open access
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