Sheep husbandry among Tzotzil Indians: who learns from whom?

Publication year: 
1994

Sheep have been reared by the Tzotzil Indians in Highland Chiapas in southern Mexico for over 450 years. Following the failure of various government programmes intended to raise productivity, this study tried a new approach to improving sheep husbandry management. The researchers followed the herds, making observations and interviewing the shepherdesses individually. Previous programmes had failed because of a lack of understanding of the culture of the Tzotzil Indians, in which sheep are viewed as sacred animals. As a result, many of the recommendations were not only inappropriate, but opposed to Tzotzil culture. The study found that the shepherdesses have designed and perfected a management system, based on a blend of Spanish and traditional practices, that has proved very effective.

Interest groups: 
This article will be useful for livestock extension workers and researchers interested in animal husbandry
Source publication information
Journal Title: 
RRA Notes
Volume: 
20
Pages: 
69-70
Publisher
IIED, 3 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H ODD, UK

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A : RRA notes 521