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Gave the final exam in my indigenous silviculture class (F&ES 741b; Introduction to Indigenous Silviculture: Ecology, Livelihoods, and Policy) yesterday. The students took me out to lunch and gave me some wonderful gifts (thx, guys), one of which was the striking image above of a Lacandon Maya planting his recently burned swidden. The fog, the robe, the charred stump, the planting stick. The cigar. I love this picture. All I have to do now is grade all the exams and papers and post the grades. By next week. [NOTE: Image by Micaela Guirk, 1987.]

Reader Comments (3)

Great picture! I was just preparing a blog entry on Lacandon agricultural practices. May I use this photo? I also just read that you are a tropical ecologist. I will read more of your other entries. I am a physical geographer working on the Maya Lowlands. My work focuses on vegetation and other environmental changes via analysis of proxy data from shallow ponds called aguadas. Please let me know what you think about the agro-forestry practices of the Lacandon. I will post the entry today.

June 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEzgi A. Ferrand

Thanks. Please credit Micaela Guirk is you use the image, OK?

June 24, 2012 | Registered Commenter[chuck]

Ok, just did. Thank you.


June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEzgi A. Ferrand

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