The Reindeer People

The Reindeer People

by Piers Vitebsky
     
 

In this acclaimed work, the anthropologist Piers Vitebsky offers a unique account of the Eveny, nomads who live in intimate partnership with an extraordinary animal. For centuries reindeer have provided the Eveny with food, fur, transport, and spiritual sustenance, enabling them to survive in the world's coldest inhabited region, the Siberian taiga, where winter

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In this acclaimed work, the anthropologist Piers Vitebsky offers a unique account of the Eveny, nomads who live in intimate partnership with an extraordinary animal. For centuries reindeer have provided the Eveny with food, fur, transport, and spiritual sustenance, enabling them to survive in the world's coldest inhabited region, the Siberian taiga, where winter ice freezes six feet thick and the temperature drops to ninety-six degrees below zero.

The book presents a gallery of unforgettable personalities, including shamans, psychics, wolves, bears, dogs, Communist Party bosses, daredevil aviators, and the spirits of fires and rivers. Based on nearly two decades of fieldwork, The Reindeer People is an enthralling and moving testimony to a Siberian native people's humor and endurance at the ecological limits of human existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618773572
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Edition description:
None
Pages:
498
Sales rank:
971,525
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

PIERS VITEBSKY is the head of anthropology and Russian northern studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. His previous books include Shamanism and Dialogues with the Dead: The Discussion of Mortality Among the Sora of Eastern India. The Reindeer People has been selected as a finalist for the 2006 Kiriyama Prize in nonfiction.

Table of Contents

Prologue : soul-flight to the sun3
1The prehistoric reindeer revolution17
2Civilizing the nomads40
3The massacre of Granny's 2,000 reindeer, camp 763
4Granny's herd restored : late summer site, 1-2 August78
5Migrating into autumn, 3-8 August106
6Kostya's mushroom crisis, camp 10129
Interlude : solitude and silence : Vladimir Nikolayevich's winter hunt151
7Frightened children and disdainful women183
8Men fulfilled and men in despair, camp 8196
9Landscape with Gulag : brushed by white man's madness212
10Killing the shaman and internalizing betrayal231
11Animal souls and human destiny259
12Dreams of love and death285
13Sacrificing at a nomad's grave311
14Bringing my family331
15How to summon a helicopter351
Epilogue : outliving the end of empire369

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