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Peoples of the tundra [electronic resource] : northern Siberians in the post-communist transition / John P. Ziker.

Author/Creator:
Ziker, John P. (John Peter), 1965-
Publication:
Illinois : Waveland Press, Inc., c2002.
Series:
Anthropology online
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (x, 197 p.)
Subjects:
Dolgans -- Russia (Federation) -- Taymyr Peninsula.
Nganasani -- Russia (Federation) -- Taymyr Peninsula.
Post-communism -- Russia (Federation) -- Taymyr Peninsula.
Language:
This edition in English.
Summary:
"On ethnographic grounds alone, Ziker's 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.
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."--ORIGINAL BOOK JACKET.
Ziker's 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 Arctice environment but also to enormous economic and political adversities created in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse.
Contents:
Peoples of the Tundra
Making a Living: Ecology and Economy
The Loud Years: Resistance and Collaboration
Alcohol and Violent Death
Shamans, Ancestors, Sin, and Sacrifice
The Law of the Tundra
The Future Is in Their Hands.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-180).
Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2012. (Anthropology online). Available via World Wide Web.
Contributor:
Alexander Street Press.
OCLC:
606730866
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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