Landscape and Culture in Northern Eurasia

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This unique volume aims to break down the lingering linguistic boundaries that continue to divide up the circumpolar world, to move beyond ethnographic ‘thick description’ to integrate the study of northern Eurasian hunting and herding societies more effectively by encouraging increased international collaboration between archaeologists, ethnographers and historians, and to open new directions for archaeological investigation of spirituality and northern landscape traditions. Authors examine the life-ways and ...

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Overview

This unique volume aims to break down the lingering linguistic boundaries that continue to divide up the circumpolar world, to move beyond ethnographic ‘thick description’ to integrate the study of northern Eurasian hunting and herding societies more effectively by encouraging increased international collaboration between archaeologists, ethnographers and historians, and to open new directions for archaeological investigation of spirituality and northern landscape traditions. Authors examine the life-ways and beliefs of the indigenous peoples of northern Eurasia; chapters contribute ethnographic, ethnohistoric and archaeological case-studies stretching from Fennoscandia, through Siberia, and into Chukotka and the Russian Far East.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611327809
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Series: UNIV COL LONDON INST ARCH PUB Series
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests include the archaeology, ethnoarchaeology and ethnohistory of northern hunter-gatherers and reindeer-herders.

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Table of Contents

Preface, Peter Jordan

1.  Landscape and Culture in Northern Eurasia: An Introduction, Peter Jordan

 

PART 1: Landscape, Communication and Obligation

2.  Seeing with Others’ Eyes: Hunting and ‘Idle Talk’ in the Landscape of the Siberian Iukagir, Rane Willerslev

3.  Shamanistic Revival in a Post-Socialist Landscape:  Luck and Ritual among Zabaikal’e Orochen-Evenkis, David G. Anderson

4.  Landscapes in Motion: Opening Pathways in Kamchatkan Hunting and Herding Rituals, Patrick Plattet

5.  Material and Linguistic Perspectives on Sel’kup Sacred Places, Alexandra A. Maloney

 

PART 2: Landscape, Dwelling and Practice

6.  Dwelling in the Landscape among the Reindeer Herding Chukchis of Chukotka, Virginie Vaté

7.  ‘Marking’ the Land: Sacrifice, Cemeteries and Sacred Places among the Iamal Nenetses, Sven Haakanson Jr. and Peter Jordan

8.  Landscape Perception and Sacred Places amongst the Vasiugan Khants, Andrei Filtchenko

9.  Perceptions of Landscape among the Lake Essei Iakuts: Narrative, Memory and Knowledge, Tatiana Argounova-Low

10.  The Creation and Persistence of Cultural Landscapes among the Siberian Evenkis: Two Conceptions of “Sacred” Space, Alexandra Lavrillier

 

PART 3: Landscapes in Long-term Transformation

11.  The Mansi Sacred Landscape in Long-Term Historical Perspective, Elena Glavatskaia

12.  Sacred Places and Masters of Hunting Luck in the Forest Worlds of the Udege People of the Russian Far East, Shiro Sasaki

13.  Komi Reindeer Herders: Syncretic and Pragmatic Notions of Being in the Tundra, Joachim Otto Habeck

14.  Siberian Landscapes in Ket Traditional Culture, Edward J. Vajda

15. Sacred Sites, Settlements and Place-Names: Ancient Saami Landscapes in Northern Coastal Sweden, Noel D. Broadbent and Britta Wennstedt Edvinger

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