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Zoia Tarasova

performing ohuokhay , a traditional circle dance of the Turkic-speaking Sakha (Yakut) people in which participants—who can be both male and female—move around holding hands and stepping back and forth to a rhythm set by a lead singer with whom they sing

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Jenanne Ferguson

In going over submissions to Sibirica at the beginning of 2021, I found several articles related to culture and history in the Sakha Republic. Naturally, I thought it would be illuminating to bring them together to see how they might complement

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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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Susan Crate

are proceeding faster than models have predicted, largely due to the cascading effects inherent in the earth system (IPCC 2021). The Arctic is seeing the most rapid change and, within it, the Sakha Republic, home to one of the most extreme climates in

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Nikolai Goncharov

This article proposes a view of the Allaikhovskii district (Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)) located in the Russian Arctic as a “laboratory” in which various actors (the state, regional authorities, local communities) have been actively working on the production of food security. Based on both field experience and published literature, I describe a multilayered process of foodscape formation in this region. The unique elements that characterize the foodscape of the district are the nonautomated modes of food production caused by territorial isolation, unsatisfactory infrastructure, the high price of food delivery, and environmental changes. All these factors create fragile foodscape; the life of local residents can be characterized as “being with risk,” which inspires certain compensatory measures implemented by different layered actors. The impossibility of creating a consistent and reliable system of subsistence thus reinforces a “laboratory” regime of permanent experiments to maintain food security. The Arctic laboratory is not located in separate place with specialists (as in the case discussed by Bruno Latour) but distributed throughout the actors and their activities connected with their lifestyles in this specific territory.

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Toward a Postimperial Order?

The Sakha Intellectuals and the Revolutionary Transformations in Late Imperial Russia, 1905–1917

Aleksandr Korobeinikov and Egor Antonov

On April 27, 1922, a few months before the formation of the USSR, the Presidium of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee adopted a resolution “On the Autonomous Sakha Socialist Soviet Republic” as an equal part of the Russian Soviet

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Ivory Carving in Yakutia

National Identity and Processes of Acculturation

Zinaida I. Ivanova-Unarova and Liubov R. Alekseeva

regions of Arkhangelsk and Tyumen, in Sakha (Yakutia) and in Chukotka. The Chukchi ivory carving tradition is the oldest, dating back to the ancient Bering Sea period, or the beginning of the first century AD. Various objects made of walrus tusk were

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Natalya Khokholova

It is customary in remote parts of Russia, like the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), to hear of people being reported lost and missing, as the region is a vast and scarcely populated territory with poorly developed infrastructure. During the summer

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State of Uncertainty

Educating the First Railroaders in Central Sakha (Yakutiya)

Sigrid Irene Wentzel

connections may be taken for granted in some parts of the world, few places today offer the opportunity to observe the installation of a new railway line. One such case is the Amur-Yakutsk Mainline (AYaM ) in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutiya) in the Russian

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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