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Nicholas Parlato, Gail Fondahl, Viktoriya Filippova, and Antonina Savvinova

identities through legal actions and channels. In a close examination of the creation of two neighboring TTPs within the Sakha Republic (Iakutiia), one of the Russian Federation's 80-plus “federal subjects” (regions), we explore the evolving role TTPs have

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Sensory Perception of Rock Art in East Siberia and the Far East

Soviet Archeological “Discoveries” and Indigenous Evenkis

Donatas Brandišauskas

whole up to the present time ( Brandišauskas 2017 ). 1 These sites can be seen as being linked to the ideas of animism as well as human interactions with spirits and animals (see Brandišauskas 2011 ). During my field research in the Republic of Sakha

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Csaba Mészáros

Arctic Pastoralist Sakha: Ethnography of Evolution and Microadaptation in Siberia Hiroki Takakura (Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press, 2015), 254 pp. ISBN: 978-1-920901-49-3. Anthropological studies focusing on environment and nature began gaining

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State of Uncertainty

Educating the First Railroaders in Central Sakha (Yakutiya)

Sigrid Irene Wentzel

In July 2019, the village of Nizhniy Bestyakh in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutiya), the Russian Far East, was finally able to celebrate the opening of an eagerly awaited railroad passenger connection. Through analysis of rich ethnographic data, this article explores the “state of uncertainty” caused by repeated delays in construction of the railroad prior to this and focuses on the effect of these delays on students of a local transportation college. This college prepares young people for railroad jobs and careers, promising a steady income and a place in the Republic’s wider modernization project. The research also reveals how the state of uncertainty led to unforeseen consequences, such as the seeding of doubt among students about their desire to be a part of the Republic’s industrialization drive.

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Matthew P. Romaniello

Ferguson. Professor Ferguson has a decade of experience working for the journal, in addition to her research contributions to the field, including her recent monograph, Words Like Birds: Sakha Language Discourses and Practices in the City (2019). I know

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Jenanne Ferguson

Gail Fondahl, Viktoriya Filippova, and Antonina Savvinova look at the territories of traditional nature use (TTPs), as these are realized within the Republic of Sakha (Iakutiia). Found across the Russian Federation, these legal territorial legal

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Naomi Caffee, Paul Dukes, and Aimar Ventsel

projected amongst Sakha people. When analyzing the visualization of Sakha culture in paintings and handicraft, she writes that “the Soviet-era origin of so much of Sakha (Yakutia)'s cultural production suggests that the region's distinctive treatment of

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Jenanne Ferguson

This is my first full issue as the new editor of Sibirica , and I want to provide a brief overview of my previous involvement with the journal. I am a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist who works primarily in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia

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Nikolai S. Goncharov

management and law enforcement in this area (these presentations were prepared by a research group led by G. Fondahl based on field materials from the Republic of Sakha-Yakutiia); (b) topics concerning ethnogenesis and problems of ethnic contacts (on the

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A Visitor's Guide to Shamans and Shamanism

The Kunstkamera's Russian and Asian Ethnographic Collections in the Late Imperial Era

Marisa Karyl Franz

from Central Asia. The gallery began with cabinet one, which displayed Sakha “Clothes, miscellaneous weapons, and handicrafts made of bone.” At the start of this guide to the gallery was “ Russian peasant needlework from Olonets and Tver regions and