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An anthropologist describes life among the Eveny people of Siberia, detailing their nomadic way of life in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, their close relationship with the reindeer who share their environment, and their successful survival despite their harsh living conditions and Soviet efforts at control. Reprint.
A voyage of discovery into the life of a remote aboriginal community in the Siberian Arctic, where the reindeer has been a part of daily life since Palaeolithic times.
Author's life among Swedish and Norwegian Lapps during first half of 1975.
Mollee is a charming and precocious manatee who lives in an ideal world-until she is chosen to be an Ambassador for the good will of her species. With the help of a magic sea-bean, Mollee is transformed from a sea creature to a land animal, and her journey to find out about other species and cultures begins. As Mollee embarks on her first assignment to Mongolia in search of the illusive Reindeer People, she travels through a magical land, learning about the people and their way of life. She meets a horse who takes her to visit the Reindeer People, and she soon discovers their secrets of survival in the face of extinction and climate change. She also learns how they manage to live in peace with another species. What Mollee learns from these compassionate people and their reindeer may change her life forever In this exciting tale of adventure, a manatee sent on a quest halfway around the world in search of the illusive and mysterious Reindeer People learns valuable lessons about peace, happiness, and compassion for all the world's creatures.
Introduces these ancient European people of northern Scandinavia, describing their culture today and the adjustments they have made from earlier times.
THE ALCHEMIST meets THE SNOW CHILD in this beautiful odyssey through the snowy landscapes of northern Finland. Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Ritva is sent away to Seili - a remote island to the south of Finland. A former leper colony, Seili is now home to 'hopeless cases' - women who have been outcast from society. But Ritva can't understand why her father has allowed her to be taken there, and she longs to be reunited with her little sister. Hope arrives in the form of Martta, a headstrong girl who is a Sami, and who reminds Ritva of her lost mother and her tales - of Vaja the reindeer, the stolen sealskin, and of a sacred drum hidden long ago. When Ritva and Martta decide to escape, there is only one place that calls to them. And so they begin the long journey North, to the land of the Sami, in search of healing and forgiveness... Readers say: 'Some books make a lasting impression and I think this is definitely one of them. .. It's a celebration of the human spirit and our connection to nature.' Rosie Evans, Good Reads, 5 stars 'I love losing myself in a book & this one is one of those for me. I was transported to the land of the midnight sun.' Lynda, Good Reads 5 stars 'It has been one of those books that I have felt I have escaped into, because the setting is so richly described and the story line sweeps you up and carries you along.' 'The setting in Scandinavia and the lands at the top of the world was so well described as to almost be a character in itself and I was fascinated by the details relating to the indigenous people of this region - the Sami - and their way of life.' Bruce Gargoyle, Good Reads, 4 stars
With the Lapps in the High Mountains is an entrancing true account, a classic of travel literature, and a work that deserves wider recognition as an early contribution to ethnographic writing. Published in 1913 and available here in its first English translation, it is the narrative of Emilie Demant Hatt's nine-month stay in the tent of a Sami family in northern Sweden in 1907–8 and her participation in a dramatic reindeer migration over snow-packed mountains to Norway with another Sami community in 1908. A single woman in her thirties, Demant Hatt immersed herself in the Sami language and culture. She writes vividly of daily life, women's work, children's play, and the care of reindeer herds in Lapland a century ago. While still an art student in Copenhagen in 1904, Demant Hatt had taken a vacation trip to northern Sweden, where she chanced to meet Sami wolf hunter Johan Turi. His dream of writing a book about his people sparked her interest in the culture, and she began to study the Sami language at the University of Copenhagen. Though not formally trained as an ethnographer, she had an eye for detail. The journals, photographs, sketches, and paintings she made during her travels with the Sami enriched her eventual book, and in With the Lapps in the High Mountains she memorably portrays people, dogs, reindeer, and the beauty of the landscape above the Arctic Circle. This English-language edition also includes photographs by Demant Hatt, an introduction by translator Barbara Sjoholm, and a foreword by Hugh Beach, author of A Year in Lapland: Guest of the Reindeer Herders.
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."--BOOK JACKET.
In this book, Betty Ann brings to light the life of the Reindeer People. During her latest visit to Mongolia, she visited the northern part of the country where beautiful lake Khovsgol is located in hopes of meeting the little known reindeer people. It was here that Miss Hutchens was introduced to the reindeer lady - the spiritual leader of the tribe. This inspired her to write this story for children so that this race, threatened with extinction, will not be lost or forgotten. In the Reindeer Lady of Mongolia, Betty found inspiration. Her dedication to, and her pride in, the care of the reindeer, and the way of life of the Reindeer People, was both rare and remarkable. Her life is hard, yet she does not complain. Her friendly and welcoming nature won Betty Ann’s heart.
The reindeer herders of Aoluguya, China, are a group of former hunters who today see themselves as “keepers of reindeer” as they engage in ethnic tourism and exchange experiences with their Ewenki neighbors in Russian Siberia. Though to some their future seems problematic, this book focuses on the present, challenging the pessimistic outlook, reviewing current issues, and describing the efforts of the Ewenki to reclaim their forest lifestyle and develop new forest livelihoods. Both academic and literary contributions balance the volume written by authors who are either indigenous to the region or have carried out fieldwork among the Aoluguya Ewenki since the late 1990s.
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Published in conjunction with the world-renowned Glenbow Museum. In the early 1900s, the Inuit of the western Arctic faced desperate times. Dependent on caribou meat and fur for thousands of years, the Native people found that the herds no longer behaved in a predictable way. With the change in climate, hunters were forced to travel several miles east in search of caribou. The Alaskan Reindeer Experiment and the Canadian Reindeer Project sought to mitigate the damage by importing and herding reindeer from Siberia. With the reindeer came Saami, Northern European and Siberian reindeer herders brought to teach the Inuit their successful techniques for survival. By the 1940s, the Pulk family were the only Saami remaining. Here, Lloyd Binder, the grandson of Mikkel Pulk, one of the first chief herders, tells his life story, as well as those of his father, Otto Binder, and mother, Ellen Pulk Binder, as he recounts the history, development and challenges of reindeer herders in Canada throughout the past century. THE GLENBOW MUSEUM is a world-class multidisciplinary institution that includes a permanent art collection, western Canada's largest museum, Canada's largest non-government archives and an unparalleled western Canada reference library. Located in Calgary, it is world-renowned for its innovative programming and exhibitions.
Refuting essentialist notions of Nenets culture, the author explores the dialogue between reindeer nomads and the surrounding world and shows how global processes and concepts such as culture, property, and market are expressed in local practices. He demonstrates how reindeer nomads move freely between subsistence and commodity production; state-owned and private reindeer; animism, communism, and market relations; and territorial defence and cooperative knowledge of the land. This study makes an original and significant contribution to wider debates about nomadic pastoralism and to anthropological studies of trade, barter, property, and territoriality. Florian Stammler is senior researcher at the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi (Finland).
Drawing on nearly twenty years of fieldwork, as well as ethnohistory, politics, and economics, this volume takes a close look at changes in the lives of the indigenous Siberian Khanty people and draws crucial connections between those changes and the social, cultural, and political transformation that swept Russia during the transition to democracy. Delving deeply into the history of the Khanty—who were almost completely isolated prior to the Russian revolution—the authors show how the customs, traditions, and knowledge of indigenous people interact with and are threatened by events in the larger world.
This book offers an original collection of international studies on indigenous entrepreneurship. Through these specific lenses, entrepreneurship greatly appears as a set of cultural values-based behaviours. Once more culture and human values are placed at the heart of entrepreneurship as an economic and social phenomenon.'. - Alain Fayolle, EM Lyon and CERAG Laboratory, France and Solvay Business School, Belgium. `A must-have for researchers of developmental economics, as well as for entrepreneurship scholars, this collection assembles studies of indigenous entrepreneurship from five continent.
This is a first-hand account of a reindeer-herding collective in the remote Taimyr peninsula of Siberia. The author gives an intimate description of the day-to-day lives of a little-known group of Evenkis as they face both economic and ecological challenges. His book therefore fills a gap inour understanding of the historical and political dynamics of northern Asia, and traces the changes caused in the region by the formation of, and the recent break-up of, the Soviet Union. It also addresses wider questions of ecological theory, nationalism, and the formation of identity. ProfessorAnderson's idea of `nationality inflation' provides a valuable new perspective on these topics. He shows how the Soviet state contributed to this `inflation' through its creation of `authorized identities' and suggests how identity policy and the discourse it generated became a powerful historicalforce integrating the social dynamics of economy, politics, and culture.
In this book, author Joachim Otto Habeck takes the reader to the tundra in the Far North of the Russian Federation, describing and interpreting the practice of reindeer herding on the land. His vivid account of the everyday life of Komi reindeer herders and their family members as they interact with their bosses, the town, the market and oil companies, reveals both the reach of their agency and its limitations. Through a meticulous analysis of each of these domains, Habeck shows how public discourse about reindeer husbandry as a traditional life-style derives from outside the Komi reindeer-herding communities, yet it has powerful effects on the local actors' ability to frame their own existence. He argues that the concept of tradition, despite its many positive connotations, places Komi reindeer herders in a "golden cage" which leaves no space for acknowledging their drive to innovation and flexibility.

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