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Mimi Stith, Alessandra Giannini, John del Corral, Susana Adamo, and Alex de Sherbinin

climatologically wet areas, not stereotypically “Sahelian.” Therefore, absence of significance in correlation is consistent with understanding that tree cover here does not vary on a year-to-year basis ( PERN-PRIPODE 2007 ) or that NDVI values “saturate” or are contaminated by the more frequent presence of clouds. To summarize our analysis of the relation between NDVI and precipitation, we characterize three categories of change in vegetation cover in Fig. 4 and match them to the “climatological” land cover

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Randy A. Peppler

agriculturalists’ existence is contemporary, their daily interactions with the environment may be more direct, or less mediated by modernity, than those of most people. It has been written that Native Americans view events taking place in the nonhuman world as a “blend of physical and spiritual parts … the sun, wind, and clouds were believed to be living entities with a spirit and personality of their own” ( Vogel 2001 , p. 8). Minnis and Elisens (2000) demonstrated that “Indigenous science” discovers

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Karen Pennesi

meteorologist explaining the influence of El Niño on the formation of rain clouds. The reporter repeated the official forecast, given here: Reporter: The prediction is for irregular rainfall for the next three months. The estimate is around 45% chance of a rainy season below the annual historical average here in the state. The expressions “45%” and “below the average” were the ones best remembered and repeated by study participants in their interpretations of the forecast; however, there was not a

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