Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Scholar: Compromise To Save Forest, Tribes.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Scott Sandlin Journal Staff Writer

Can the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest and the tribes that use it both be sustained?

As for a lot of simple questions, the answer is complex and far from unequivocal.

University of New Mexico professor Kim Hill is posing the question for a class he teaches, "Tropical Conservation and South American Indians."

Hill, a member of the human evolutionary ecology faculty in UNM's Anthropology Department, has conducted field work with various rain forest tribes since 1975: the Nahuatl in Mexico, the Mashco-Piro and Yaminahua in Peru, the Hiwi in Venezuela and the Ache in Paraguay.

While studying their use of resources, he's become an accidental expert on the sometimes strained interaction between indigenous peoples and outside groups trying to preserve forests. …

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