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The Siberian World

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ISBN 9780367374754
March 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
648 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Siberian World provides a window onto the expansive and diverse world of Siberian society, offering valuable insights into how local populations view their environments, adapt to change, promote traditions, and maintain infrastructure.

Siberian society comprises more than 30 Indigenous groups, old Russian settlers, and more recent newcomers and their descendants from all over the former Soviet Union and Russian Federation. The chapters examine a variety of interconnected themes, including language revitalization, legal pluralism, ecology, trade, religion, climate change, and co-creation of practices and identities with state programs and policies. The book's ethnographically-rich contributions highlight Indigenous voices, important theoretical concepts, and practices. The material connects with wider discussions of perception of the environment, climate change, cultural and linguistic change, urbanization, Indigenous rights, Arctic politics, globalization, and sustainability/resilience.

The Siberian World will be of interest to scholars from many disciplines, including, Indigenous studies, anthropology, archaeology, geography, environmental history, political science, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introduction to the Siberian World

John P. Ziker1, Jenanne Ferguson2, and Vladimir Davydov3

Part 1: Indigenous Language Revival and Cultural Change

1. Language Vitality and Sustainability: Minority Indigenous Languages in the Sakha Republic

Lenore A. Grenoble, Antonina A. Vinokurova, Elena V. Nesterova

2. (Socio)linguistic Outcomes of Social Reorganization in Chukotka

Jessica Kantarovich

3. Kŋaloz’a’n Ujeret’i’n Ŋetełkila’n – Keepers of the Native Hearth: The Social Life of the Itelmen Language – Documentation and Revitalization

 Tatiana Degai, David Koester, Jonathan David Bobaljik, Chikako Ono

4. The Phenomenology of Riverine Names and Hydrological Maps among Siberian Evenki

Nadezhda Mamontova, Thomas F. Thornton, Elena Klyachko 

5. The Tundra Nenets’ Fire Rites, or What is Hidden Inside of the Nenets Female Needlework Bag Tutsya?

Roza Laptander

6. Transformations of Cooking Technologies, Spatial Displacement, and Food Nostalgia in Chukotka

Elena A. Davydova

Part 2: Land, Law, and Ecology

7. Customary Law Today: Mechanisms of Sustainable Development of Indigenous Peoples 

Natalya Novikova

8. Indigenous Land Rights and Land Use in Siberia: Neighboring Jurisdictions, Varied Approaches

Viktoriya Filippova, Gail Fondahl, Antonina Savvinova

9. Evenki "False" Accounts: Supplies and Reindeer in an Indigenous Enterprise

Tatiana Safonova and Istvan Santha

10. Climate Change through the Eyes of Yamal Reindeer Herders

Alexandra Terekhina, Alexander Volkovitskiy

11. Nature on the Move: Boreal Forest, Permafrost, and Pastoral Strategies of Sakha People

Hiroki Takakura 

12. Fluctuating Human-Animal Relations: Soiot Herder-Hunters of South-Central Siberia

Alex C. Oehler

13. Ecology and Culture: Two Case Studies of Empirical Knowledge among Katanga Evenkis of Eastern Siberia 

Karl Mertens

Part 3: Co-Creation of People and the State 

14. Dancing with Cranes, Singing to Gods: The Sakha Yhyakh and Post-Soviet National Revival

Eleanor Peers, 

15. Double-Edged Publicity: The Youth Movement in the 2000s Buryatia

Hibi Y. Watanabe 

16. Soviet Debris: Failure and the Poetics of Unfinished Construction in Northern Siberia

Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov 

17. Local Gender Contracts and the Production of Traditionality in Siberian Old Believer Places

Danila Rygovskiy

18. Arctic LNG Production and the State (the case of Yamal Peninsula) 

Ksenia Gavrilova

19. Biography of Alcohol in the Arctic Village

Anastasiia A. Yarzutkina

20. Sanctioned and Unsanctioned Trade

Aimar Ventsel

21. Longitudinal Ethnography and Changing Social Networks 

Susan Crate

Part 4: Formal and Grassroots Infrastructure and Siberian Mobility

22. Evenki Hunters’ and Reindeer Herders’ Mobility: Transformation of Autonomy Regimes

Vladimir N. Davydov

23. The Infrastructure of Food Distribution: Translocal Dagestani Migrants in Western Siberia

Ekaterina Kapustina 

24. Development Cycles of Cities in the Siberian North 

Nadezhda Zamyatina

25. What Difference Does a Railroad Make? Transportation and Settlement in the BAM Region in Historical Perspective

Olga Povoroznyuk and Peter Schweitzer 

26. Stuck in Between: Transportation Infrastructure, Corporate Social Responsibility and the State in a Small Siberian Oil Town

Gertrude Saxinger, Natalia Krasnoshtanova, Gertraud Illmeier 

27. Hidden Dimensions of Clandestine Fishery: A Misfortune Topology Based on Scenarios of Failures

Lidia Rakhmanova

28. Infrastructural Brokers in a Logistical Cul-de-sac: Taimyr’s Wild Winter Road Drivers

Valeria Vasilyeva 

29. Ice Roads and Floating Shops: The Seasonal Variations and Landscape of Mobility in Northwest Siberia

Mikhail G. Agapov

Part 5: Religious Mosaics in Siberia

30 Contemporary Shamanic and Spiritual Practices in the City of Yakutsk

Lena A. Sidorova, 

31.The Making of Altaian Nationalism: Indigenous Intelligentsia, Oirot Prophecy, and Socialist Autonomy, 1904-1922

Andrei Znamenski 

32. Missionaries in the Russian Arctic: Religious and ideological changes among Nenets reindeer herders

Laur Vallikivi

33. Nanai post-Soviet Shamanism: "true" shamans among the "neo-shamans"

Tatiana Bulgakova

34 Feeding the Gi’rgir at Kilvei: An exploration of human-reindeer-ancestor relations among the Siberian Chukchi

Jeanette Lykkegård 

35. Feasts and Festivals among Contemporary Siberian Communities 

Stephan Dudeck

36. Animals as a Reflection of the Universe Structure in the Culture of Oka Buryats and Soyots

Veronika Beliaeva-Sachuk

Part 6:  Conceptions of History

37. Economics of the Santan Trade: Profit of the Nivkh and Ul’chi traders in Northeast Asia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Shiro Sasaki 

38. Power, Ritual, and Art in the Siberian Ice Age: The Collection of Ornamented Artifacts as Evidence of Prestige Technology

Liudmila Lbova, Tatyana Rostyazhenko

39.Archaeology of Shamanism in Siberian Prehistory

Feng Qu

40. Rock art research in Southeast Siberia: a history of ideas and ethnographic interpretations

Donatas Brandišauskas

41. A History of Siberian Ethnography

Anna Sirina





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John P. Ziker is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, USA. His work focuses on social networks, climate change, and demography.

Jenanne Ferguson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her work in linguistic and sociocultural anthropology focuses on Indigenous and minority language revitalization, urbanization and globalization, and linguistic creativity/verbal art.

Vladimir Davydov is Deputy Director for Science at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg and research fellow in the Chukotka branch of North-Eastern Federal University, Anadyr, Russia. His work focuses on mobility, infrastructure, human-animal relations, reindeer herding, anthropology of food and history of Siberian ethnography.