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LUQUE AGRAZ, Diana  and  DOODE MATSUMOTO, Shoko. Los comcáac (seri): hacia una diversidad biocultural del Golfo de California y estado de Sonora, México. Estud. soc [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.spe, pp.273-301. ISSN 0188-4557.

Biocultural diversity is a concept that has been assimilated in a variety of scenarios, from conservative ecologism to indigenous peoples. Its objective is to show the complex link between culture and nature. In this essay it is suggested that biocultural diversity should be orientated by critical ambientalism like political ecology so it can be placed in a context of constant critical analysis and be able to integrate theoretical mediations that show the complex environmental problem that indigenous people face. In this case, the study is based on the comcáac people, better known as "seris", who have lived for thousands of years in the Central Coast of Sonora s desert in Mexico. This essay is organized in three sections: 1. Origins of biocultural diversity; 2. Political ecology and onthological dualism and 3. Environmental issues in the comcáac people. In conclusion, biocultural diversity will only reach ethical legitimacy when it becomes a part of the Indigenous movements, which can be seen as an opportunity to them.

Keywords : biocultural diversity; political ecology; Indigenous people; comcáac (seri); Gulf of California.

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