In this issue of Sibirica scholars from Sakha (Yakutia), Buryatia, Tuva,
and Khakassiia present their research with a new paradigm in mind:
an indigenous methodology facilitated and represented by indigenous
peoples in Siberia. This methodology is aimed at bringing together the
thinking, experiences, interpretations and interests of the indigenous
peoples in cultural anthropology. The indigenous scholars whose work
is published in this issue understand their own rich cultural, historical,
and intellectual legacy, as well as its contemporary potential. These
scholars do not only study their own cultures but also live within
the communities, sharing the interests and anxieties of their people.
This is why indigenous scholars often are political and social activists
who speak on behalf of their own people. Many urgent issues present
concerns for the indigenous peoples of Siberia, including
industrial development and sustainability, modern challenges that affect cultures
in the context of globalization, education and schooling, language
development and preservation, and, perhaps most important,
ecological transformations that affect the sensitive environments of Siberia.
Tackling such significant issues requires partnership and cooperation
between scholars from the West and indigenous scholars in their
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