Indigenous Methodology and Research of Tuvan Culture

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Abstract

This article discusses indigenous methodology in the context of Tuvan studies. Tuvan studies have a rich history, with significant contributions by local Tuvan researchers as well as Russian and foreign scholars. This article presents an overview of this research before, during, and after the Soviet period. The paper examines possible strengths and weaknesses of both “insider” (indigenous) and “outsider” research, with the consideration that these opposing categories are not so easily delineated. Through case studies describing the work and insights of the renowned Tuvan researcher Valentina Suzukei and the cultural “thesaurus” approach of Lukov and Lukov (2008), the article assesses the potential of indigenous methodology in the field of Tuvan studies.

Contributor Notes

Chimiza Lamazhaa is doctor of Philosophical Sciences, editor in chief of New Research on Tuva, deputy director of the Institute of Fundamental and Applied Research at the Moscow University for the Humanities. Email: lamajaa@mail.ru

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