Shows on the web  |  January 2012

Traditional Knowledge in the World of Koryak Fishing

Fishing provides the main food source for the Koryaks who live in Kamchatka along river areas that are near the sea. The often not sustainable commercial harvesting of salmon by others jeopardizes the future economic base of this people. Moreover, the proper transmission of Koryak ecological knowledge, which in the past ensured their survival under frequently harsh conditions, is now endangered.

Their indigenous fishing knowledge was the topic of a contribution by E. Kasten to the seminar "Indigenous Peoples and Salmon in the Northern Pacific" at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.  » more
His essay will appear in summer 2012 in the forthcoming volume: Colombi, Benedict J. and James F. Brooks (eds.) "Keystone Nations: Indigenous Peoples and Salmon across the Northern Pacific." Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press.  » more

A crucial step toward preserving such knowledge for indigenous communities is to produce learning tools in collaboration with local experts. A first DVD from a trilogy on this theme has recently been published.  » more

Traditional knowledge related to fishing is also a theme in periodicals that serve as teaching tools in schools and other cultural institutions in Kamchatka.   » more

From among these learning tools, selected recordings of elders from Lesnaya are presented here. These mainly address indigenous worldviews and social values related to salmon fishery that express responsibility towards nature and the future. In a separate forthcoming DVD volume, ecologically sustainable fishing methods will be further documented.

Semion Urkachan
Palana (2010)
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Aleksandra Urkachan
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski (2010)
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Ekaterina Yaganova
Palana (2006)
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Varvara Belousova und
Aleksandra Urkachan
Palana /  Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski (2010)
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