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Who owns Siberian ethnography?

A critical assessment of a re-internationalized field

Patty Gray, Nikolai Vakhtin, and Peter Schweitzer

Although Siberian ethnography was an open and international field at the turn of the twentieth century, from about 1930 until the late 1980s Siberia was for the most part closed to foreigners and therefore to Western ethnographers. This allowed Soviet ethnographers to establish a virtual monopoly on Siberian field sites. Soviet and Western anthropology developed during that period in relative isolation from one another, allowing methodologies and theoretical approaches to diverge. During glasnost' and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Siberian field was reopened and field studies were conducted by several Western ethnographers. The resulting encounter between Western and former Soviet ethnographers in the 1980s and 1990s produced a degree of cultural shock as well as new challenges and opportunities on both sides. This is an experiential account of the mood of these newly reunited colleagues at the turn of the twenty-first century.

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Dmitry V. Arzyutov and Sergei A. Kan

culture of certain indigenous peoples of North America and Siberia, as well as the relationships between them, was at the center of Boas’s interest when he was developing plans for the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, including the tasks for its Russian

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Reassembling The Social Organization

Collaboration and Digital Media in (Re)making Boas’s 1897 Book

Aaron Glass, Judith Berman, and Rainer Hatoum

Anthropological Archives. 8. In the case of the AMNH, many objects were illustrated in 1897 from sketches that Boas had made on prior field trips and were only collected by the museum during the subsequent Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1896–1902). Though Boas

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Geographical Imagination, Anthropology, and Political Exiles

Photographers of Siberia in Late Imperial Russia

Tatiana Saburova

the Uriankhaisk Region.” 30 The 1894–96 Sibiriakov expedition and the Siberian leg of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition was depicted in the photographs of Waldemar Jochelson, who served a ten-year sentence in Siberia (Dina Jochelson-Brodskaia a

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Emily Stokes-Rees, Blaire M. Moskowitz, Moira Sun, and Jordan Wilson

sides because they were made of commercially milled lumber, and thus would not meet Boas's criteria for “authenticity.” The accompanying label indicates the history of its acquisition: Hunt spent two years during the Jesup North Pacific Expedition

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Ivory Carving in Yakutia

National Identity and Processes of Acculturation

Zinaida I. Ivanova-Unarova and Liubov R. Alekseeva

Jochelson devoted their scholarly works to Sakha culture while also contributing to the Sakha ethnographic collections in the museums in Russia and Germany. In 1900–1902, the American North Pacific Jesup expedition led by Vladimir Jochelson and Vladimir

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Regenerating Life in the Face of Predation

A Study of Mortuary Ritual as Sacrifice among the Siberian Chukchi

Jeanette Lykkegård and Rane Willerslev

.1163/9789401208666 Bloch , Maurice . 1992 . Prey into hunter: The politics of religious experience . Cambridge : University of Cambridge Press . Bogoras , Waldemar . 1904–1909 . The Chukchee . Jesup North Pacific Expedition 7 . Leiden : E.J. Brill . Bogoras , W

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Anthropology, Art, and Folklore

Competing Visions of Museum Collecting in Early Twentieth-Century America

Ira Jacknis

who helped in Mexico, where she lived just outside of the capital. Although de Forest had started the collection on her personal travels in Europe, she began her systematic efforts in early 1903, writing to museum president Morris K. Jesup and