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JOOSTEN, Guillermo Germán; VALEGGIA, Claudia R.  and  SARDI, Marina L.. “If you’re an anthropologist, well, let’s talk about the wind”:. Runa [online]. 2022, vol.43, n.2, pp.265-288.  Epub June 27, 2022. ISSN 1851-9628.

Climate change and the Anthropocene pose numerous challenges for all sectors of humanity. For anthropology, one of them is how to use the deep situated knowledge on human-environment relations for adaptation to accelerated environmental change, especially in frontier communities that are both the traditional object of study of the discipline and the main affected by environmental deterioration. Niche construction is then presented as a holistic way of integrating this knowledge and the example of the Gran Chaco is described. To this end, both past practices of landscape domestication and the main current modifications are discussed, and a recent socio-environmental problem is analyzed: the flooding of the Toba community of Sombrero Negro in 2018. Finally, we describe climate projections for the area and call for a biological anthropology that is useful for living in the Anthropocene.

Keywords : Gran Chaco; Toba / Qom people; Pilcomayo river; Niche construction; Bañado La Estrella.

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