News  (1/1/2014)

During the second half of 2013 the Foundation for Siberian Cultures focused on its publishing program.

It released another volume, edited by Erich Kasten, in the series "Exhibitions and Symposia." The title is "Reisen and den Rand des Russischen Reiches: Die wissenschaftliche Erschließung der nordpazifischen Küstengebiete im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert." (Journeys to the Frontiers of the Russian Empire. The Scientific Exploration of the Coastal Areas of the North Pacific during the 18th and 19th Centuries.)   » more

The book focuses on the results of a seminar held at the Foundation for Siberian Cultures in June 2012.   » more

Two additional volumes were published in the series "Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology". In her book "Nanai Shamanic Culture in Indigenous Discourse," Tat'iana Bulgakova, a scholar at the Herzen Institute in Saint Petersburg, provides profound insights into the multitude of contradictory discourses on indigenous knowledge with regard to shamanic practices, as well as those delivered in non-indigenous contexts. The book is based on research that the author has carried out on this issue in the Amur region since the 1980s. » more

In an on-line show, portraits of shamans and children's drawings incorporating shamanic themes, enlivened by a number of songs, illustrate the rich shamanic culture of the Nanai people. There is also a video-film showing how a Nanai artist expresses relevant worldviews in his artwork.   » more

Another volume in this series was published with the title "Der Tag des Rentierzüchters: Repräsentation indigener Lebensstile zwischen Taigawohnplatz und Erdölstadt in Westsibirien." (The Day of the Reindeer-Herder: Representation of Indigenous Lifestyles betweeen Taiga Settlement and Oil-industrial Town in Western Siberia.) In his book, Stephan Dudeck, a scholar from the Arctic Centre at the University of Rovaniemi, shows how the contemporary Khanty in Western Siberia organize their lifes by shifting between the town and the rural setllements. He focuses on their strategies for maintaining cultural difference and autonomy by drawing boundaries through the use of religious practices and social norms. » more

In the series "Languages and Cultures of the Russian Far East," Alexandra Lavrillier and Dejan Matic published their edited volume "Even tales by Dar'iia Mikhailovna Osenina." With financial support from the Volkswagen-Foundation and the Max-Planck-Society, a number of copies of the book were purchased and donated for use as learning tools in the respective indigenous communities, where they are helping to maintain endangered local variants of the Even language.  » more

The series "Biblioteca Kamtschatica" has been further expanded with the new edition of Georg Wilhelm Steller's "Beschreibung von dem Lande Kamtschatka." (Description of the Land of Kamchatka.) The book was edited by Erich Kasten and Michael Dürr. In his epilogue, Kasten takes a closer look at this early, yet still "classical," ethnography of the Itelmen people. He examines the fieldwork methods that G.W. Steller employed and shows how they were innovative and remarkable for their time. Kasten also emphasizes the major role that Steller's observations have played in cultural revitalization movements among the Itelmen since the mid-1990s, when they first became widly known in Russia.  » more

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