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The downside is that circa 94 communities, about half of which are KK, ended up living within the Reserve under special legislation, which adds further pressures to their approach to natural resources, and ultimately on their way of life.  decided not to pursue the exploitation.  If this path continues, both the subsistence and the cultural identity of future generations are at risk. 5.  Because of their sophisticated knowledge of the aquatic life and their fishing and water­hunting techniques, they have been traditionally considered the great fishermen of the Amazon (Rivas 2000).

In the bajiales —areas subject to annual flooding— they farm maize, peanuts, and yucca; and in the restingas —areas not subject to annual flodding— they cultivate plaintains, banana, yucca, wild potato (sachapapa), pineapple, sugarcane, papaya, etc. (FORMABIAP, 2003).  Nowadays, because of the general decline of animal species, the KK have to go two to three days away from the villages to pursue hunting. 17 In some areas, hunting is carried out mostly for special celebrations, such as the anniversary of a community, and eventually involves big crews of hunters.

5.  Because of their sophisticated knowledge of the aquatic life and their fishing and water­hunting techniques, they have been traditionally considered the great fishermen of the Amazon (Rivas 2000).  Beyond the resulting conflicts among community members, outsiders and guards, the impact of these efforts are still to be evaluated.  In the banks of the rivers (playas), they cultivate seasonal crops, such as rice and kidney beans (chiclayo). In the bajiales —areas subject to annual flooding— they farm maize, peanuts, and yucca; and in the restingas —areas not subject to annual flodding— they cultivate plaintains, banana, yucca, wild potato (sachapapa), pineapple, sugarcane, papaya, etc.

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