654 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Siberian World provides a window into 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 the 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.

    Chapter 25 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    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

    42. Cycles of Change: Seasonality in the Environmental History of Siberia

    Spencer Abbe and Ryan Jones





    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 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 the history of Siberian ethnography.