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Pomors, Pomor’e, and the Russian North

A Symbolic Space in Cultural and Political Context

Yuri P. Shabaev, Igor Zherebtsov, Kim Hye Jin and Kim Hyun Taek

Pomor’e and the Russian North are geocultural concepts that often refer to a particular historical region of the country. This region did not and does not have clear administrative boundaries. There is no consensus on the geographical boundaries of

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Natalya Gramatchikova

Mid-nineteenth-century Russian ethnography used fiction, artistry and education to enlighten the masses. Maksimov’s One Year in the North became one of the first examples of this new style of ethnography. Maksimov constructs ‘cultural masks’ regarding northern people (Samoyeds, Lapps, Karels, Zyrians). His impressions are developed out of long traditions and personal characterisations, such as: ‘little brothers’, blacksmiths, tricksters, ‘friends of deer and dogs’. The most interesting positions on his ‘evolutionary ladder’ are the first and the last, which belong to the Samoyeds and the Zyrians. Samoyeds find themselves partly outside the human space, but they are most diverse in the aspect of artistry. Zyrians, on the other hand, constitute a concern to their well-being. Maksimov’s biases are typical for this period of ethnographic development. Although Maksimov appreciates the spoken word, his colonial discourse replaced it by repulsion for Finno- Ugric languages. Artistry in the text of ‘ethnographic fiction’ enriches scientific discourse.

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Anna Bara and Sveta Yamin-Pasternak

Vedenin (pp. 251–271), the book’s geographical coverage spans largely the Russian Arctic. The farthest west region featured is the Pomor country along the Karelian coast of the White Sea (Spiridonov and Suprunenko pp. 317–343). The farthest east, and the

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What Does It Mean to Be an Ecological Filmmaker?

Knut Erik Jensen’s Work as Eco-Auteur

Mette Hjort

website promoting his current film project, Yearning for Today , Pomor Film describes “his experimental and modernist films” as having “renewed Norwegian film.” Independence is a concept that applies to Jensen’s filmmaking practices, for he established

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Alison K. Smith

, krest’iane, gorodskoe naselenie (Moscow: Nauka, 1978), 108–109; A. A. Kondrashenkov, “Krest’ianskaia kolonizatsiia Srednego Pritobol’ia vo vtoroi polovine XVII–nachale XVIII v.,” in Russkoe naselenie Pomor’ia i Sibiri (period feodalizma ), eds. A. P

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Making Sense of the Remote Areas

Films and Stories from a Tundra Village

Petia Mankova

indigenous Sami people, the Pomors (old Russian settlers), the idea of Arktida (a mythical hyperborean land and cradle of human civilization), the results of successful colonization, and lastly, existing socioeconomic problems ( Bodrova 2015 ). Her