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Author Golovnev, A. V. (Andreĭ Vladimirovich)

Title Siberian Survival The Nenets and Their Story / Andrei V. Golovnev and Gail Osherenko
Published Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 1999. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 176 p. :) ill. (some col.), maps
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- List of Maps -- Preface / Golovnev, Andrei V. / Osherenko, Gail -- Introduction: "The People" or "the Others" -- 1. Rebirth of the Culture -- 2. Nomadic Life: Men and Women in the Context of Traditions -- 3. Endurance: Chiefs against Rulers -- 4. Ordeals: The Last Rebellions -- 5. Strained Dialogue -- 6. Tundra Crossroads: Post-Soviet Reflections -- Conclusion: Cultural Survival in the Twenty-first Century -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary The Yamal Peninsula in northwestern Siberia is one of the few remaining places on earth where a nomadic people retain a traditional culture. Here in the tundra, the Nenets-one of the few indigenous minorities of the Russian North-follow a lifestyle shaped by the seasonal migrations of the reindeer they herd. For decades under Soviet rule, they weathered harsh policies designed to subjugate them. How the Nenets successfully resisted indoctrination from a powerful totalitarian state and how today they face new challenges to the survival of their culture-these are the subjects of this compelling and lavishly illustrated book.The authors-one the head of a team of Russian ethnographers who have spent many seasons on the peninsula, the other an American attorney specializing in issues affecting the Arctic-introduce the rich culture of the Nenets. They recount how Soviet authorities attempted to restructure the native economy, by organizing herders into collectives and redistributing reindeer and pasture lands, as well as to eradicate the native belief system, by killing shamans and destroying sacred sites. Over the past century, the Nenets have also witnessed the piecemeal destruction of their fragile environment and the forced settlement of part of their population. To understand how this society has survived against all odds, the authors consider the unique strengths of the culture and the characteristics of the outside forces confronting it.Today, the Yamal is known for a new reason: it is the site of one of the world's largest natural gas deposits. The authors discuss the dangers Russian and Western developers present to the Nenets people and recommend policies for land use which will help to preserve this remarkable culture.For information on the documentaries about life-both human and animal-above the Arctic Circle that Andrei V. Golovnev and Gail Osherenko have made, visit
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-170) and index
Notes In English
Description based on print version record
Subject Reindeer herding -- Russia (Federation) -- I︠A︡mal Peninsula
Nentsy -- Social life and customs
Nentsy -- Government relations
Nentsy -- History
HISTORY -- Europe -- Former Soviet Republics.
Manners and customs
Politics and government
Reindeer herding
Culturele identiteit.
SUBJECT I︠A︡mal Peninsula (Russia) -- Social life and customs
I︠A︡mal Peninsula (Russia) -- Politics and government
Subject Russia (Federation) -- I︠A︡mal Peninsula
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Osherenko, Gail
Project Muse.
LC no. 98048118
ISBN 9781501727221