Peoples of the Tundra: Northern Siberians in the Post-Communist Transition

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Waveland Press, 11. 4. 2002 - 197 strán (strany)

On ethnographic grounds alone, Zikers book is a unique and valuable contribution. Despite increased fieldwork opportunities for foreigners in the former Soviet Union in recent years, much of Russia and Siberia remains terra incognita to Western scholars, except for specialists who know the Russian literature. Zikers account of the Dolgan and Nganasan peoples of the Ust Avam community is a fascinating analysis of how people adapt their hunting, fishing, and herding not only to the demanding Arctic environment but also to enormous economic and political adversities created in the wake of the Soviet Unions collapse. In this sense, the book fills a gap in the ethnographic literature on Siberia for Western students and, at the same time, serves as a microcosm of the devastating changes affecting rural communities and indigenous peoples generally in a disintegrating former superpower: that is, increasing isolation and a shift to nonmarket survival economies.

 

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Chapter 1 Peoples of the Tundra
1
Ecology and Economy
23
Resistance and Collaboration
63
Chapter 4 Alcohol and Violent Death
85
Chapter 5 Shamans Ancestors Sin and Sacrifice
105
Chapter 6 The Law of the Tundra
125
Chapter 7 The Future Is in Their Hands
151
Appendix A
165
Appendix B
167
Glossary
169
References
171
Study Guide
183
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