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A Booming City in the Far North

Demographic and Migration Dynamics of Yakutsk, Russia

Svetlana Sukneva and Marlene Laruelle

Many cities of Russia’s Far North face a massive population decline, with the exception of those based on oil and gas extraction in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Yet, there is one more exception to that trend: the city of Yakutsk, capital of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, whose population is booming, having grown from 186,000 in 1989 to 338,000 in 2018, This unique demographic dynamism is founded on the massive exodus of the ethnic Yakut population from rural parts of the republic to the capital city, a process that has reshaped the urban cultural landscape, making Yakutsk a genuine indigenous regional capital, the only one of its kind in the Russian Far North.

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Vera Kuklina, Sargylana Ignatieva, and Uliana Vinokurova

This article explores the role of higher education institutions in the development of indigenous cultures in the Arctic city of Yakutsk. Although indigenous cultures have historically been related to traditional subsistence activities and a rural lifestyle, the growing urbanization of indigenous people brings new challenges and opportunities. The article draws on statistical data, as well as qualitative data from the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Peoples of the Northeast (ILCPN) at the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) and the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts (AGIKI): annual reports, focus groups, interviews, and participant observations. The article argues that students and graduates contribute to the creation of a new image of the city as one in which indigenous cultures can find their own niche.

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Family on the Edge

Neblagopoluchnaia Family and the State in Yakutsk and Magadan, Russian Federation

Lena Sidorova and Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

This article is about a category of family, or parent(s), called in Russia neblagopoluchnaia and the ways in which the state child welfare agents reproduce and use this category in an attempt to ensure the well-being of children in Yakutsk

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Beyond Belief?

Social, Political, and Shamanic Power in Siberia

Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

An analysis of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in the Russian Federation reveals a variety of village and urban reactions to crises of faith and power. The significance for group identity and instances of synergistic group belief are discussed. The transition that has seen amorphous underground shamanic practice lead to the institutionalization of shamanic cosmology is reflected in the recent opening of a temple in the Republic's capital, Yakutsk, and in the various groups that adhere to charismatic healers and seers. Debates about faith, as well as fragmented faith epistemologies, are described. The data derive from over 25 years of intermittent fieldwork in the Republic and with the Sakha diaspora. My approach is situated at the crossroads of medical-psychological anthropology, political anthropology, and new religious movement analysis.

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Egor Antonov and Venera Antonova

Translator : Tatiana Argounova-Low

( Chiriaev 1995: 150–151, 158 ). In 1956, First Secretary of the Yakutsk Regional Committee of the Communist Party Semen Borisov addressed the leadership of the country with a request to provide the pedagogical institute with the status of a university. The

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Ekaterina Chekhorduna, Nina Filippova, and Diana Efimova

Translator : Jenanne K. Ferguson

, Megino-Kangalas, Suntar, Verkhnevilyuisk, Amga, Ust-Aldan, Gornyi, Verkhoyansk, Nyurba, and Vilyuy uluses, as well as the city of Yakutsk. The initial ideas about Olonkho and a familiarization with spiritual, moral, ethical, cultural values within it are

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Angelina Lukina

Translator : Tatiana Argounova-Low

land. The dance became more comprehensive and embracing in its performance. It is organized and danced at any suitable venue and occasion. The annual ysyakh celebration is held in the suburbs of Yakutsk. The festival gathers between 170,000 and 200

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Akulina Mestnikova

Translator : Jenanne K. Ferguson

-first centuries. This process was accompanied by increased urbanization of the Sakha population, mainly in Yakutsk, the capital of the Republic of Sakha, which led to a parity of Sakha with ethnic Russians. The increase in the number of Sakha in the capital was

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Individualization and Ethnopedagogy at Small Elementary Schools

Components of Vocational Training for University Tutors

Nikolai Neustroev, Anna Neustroeva, Tuyaara Shergina, and Jenanne K. Ferguson

-five districts are officially registered in Yakutia (including the district of the city of Yakutsk), the territorial and demographic characteristics of which vary considerably. The bodies of education management in the republic, led by the Ministry of Education

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An Environmentally Literate Explorer

A. E. Nordenskiöld’s Three Expeditions to the North Asian Coast, 1875–1879

Seija A. Niemi

Kolyma. According to him, the best sable furs came from around Olekma. They were sold every August in Yakutsk, the trade center of inner Siberia. For many generations, the indigenous people of the region had gathered there to barter skins and ivory from