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Letras Verdes, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales

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ROLDAN-CLARA, Blanca  and  ESPEJEL, Ileana. Pajareros profession, a living biocultural practice from Mexico. Letras Verdes [online]. 2022, n.32, pp.106-128.  Epub Feb 01, 2022. ISSN 1390-6631.

Pajareros are people who know, use and handle songbirds. Their profession, a tradition in Mexico and part of the living biocultural heritage of the country, is currently threatened by various social factors, such as a distorted perception and criminalization. This research aims to document for the first time in an academic article their experiences concerning this problem. The methodology used was ethnographic immersion, participant observation, and 60 interviews with aviaries in Mexico. Pajareros coincided in naming five types of problems, and most of the solutions proposed were based on the request to be heard. To solve this problem and for their voice to be part of a plural valuation of the profession, transdiscipline is proposed as a democratic environmental practice that places them as protagonists in the decision-making process for permit issuance, and promotes teaching/learning processes among all those involved.

Keywords : birds; conflict resolution; cultural resources; management of resources; natural resources.

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