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1 December 2013 Uses, Beliefs, and Conservation of Turtles by Ashaninka Indigenous People, Central Peru
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We used informal conservation and focus group techniques to gather information in 2 Ashaninka communities in Pichis River valley, central Peru. We found that turtles were mainly used as food, although some medicinal and supernatural uses were also reported. Locals demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge on the underlying causes of contemporary reductions in turtle abundance within their territory; their spiritual beliefs, including taboos on catching turtles, and those relating to supernatural or sacred sites caused them to avoid hunting and fishing in some wetlands.

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Bruno O. Ferronato and Giselle Cruzado "Uses, Beliefs, and Conservation of Turtles by Ashaninka Indigenous People, Central Peru," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 12(2), 308-313, (1 December 2013). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1025.1
Received: 15 July 2012; Accepted: 1 January 2013; Published: 1 December 2013
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