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You are employed as an ethnobotanist for American Pharmacology, Inc. Your company will be sending you to explore the Amazon River and the indigenous people that inhabit that area. Your specific task is to catalogue the botanical knowledge of the people in this area and collect samples of important plant species.
The indigenous group in the area:
• Hupda
Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper for the senior vice president of ethnobotanical research that includes an evaluation of medicinal and other plants used in subsistence activities by your Amazonian group. Include the following in your paper:
• Briefly describe your Amazonian tribe. Include their culture, their language, and a brief history of interactions with Western cultures.
• Conduct library research to discover which plant species are used by this culture and how they are used. Select three plants that are used as medicine and three plants that are used for other subsistence activities.
• Create a table with four columns labeled Plant Name, Phytochemicals, Subsistence Uses, and Biological Activity.
◦ The plant name should include species, genus, and family names.
◦ The chemical type should include the major active chemicals.
◦ Subsistence uses might include medicine, hunting, or fishing.
◦ Biological activity should describe the specific effect(s) of the plant, such as paralysis.
• How does your selected group harvest the plants listed in your summary table? What factors influence how this culture uses and harvests plants? Consider the plant growth habits, seasonal changes that influence plant chemistry, plant abundance, habitat size, and quality.
• What benefit does ethnopharmacology bring to this group? How is that different from the medical ethnobotanical benefits?
• What conservation and biocultural issues do your group face? Can this Amazonian tribe maintain its unique culture, language, and lifestyle through this century? Explain why or why not.
Research a medicinal plant from your state, region, or culture. What similarities and differences do you see between this and the plants used by the indigenous group you selected? Which of the Amazonian plants did you discover can be used by industrial cultures?

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South America is home to numerous indigenous tribes which have retained their lifestyle since the colonisation by the Spanish and Portugese, despite modern technologies being available across the world. Such is the case with the Hup people, often called Hupd’äh, an Amazonian indigenous people living in the region bordered by rivers Tiqué and Papuri (tributaries od Uaupes), administratively partly in the Upper Rio Negro region of Amazonas in Brazil and partly in the department of Vaupes in Colombia. The Hup belong to the Nadahup language group and have been in contact with the frontiers of colonization since the 18th century. The Hup population is estimated at 1 500 and spread across 35 villages. The Hup villages are in the vicinity of the Tukano, Tariano, Tuyuka and Piratapuia villages (all the tribes belonging to the Tukano langugae family). The Hup have complex and permanent historical relations with the Tukano, Desana, Tukuya and Tariano tribes. Their relationship is symbiotic, but asymmetrical and hierarchical. According to Tukano myths, the Hup were the last to come into the world, and thus the lowest ranking of the clans. Therefore...
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