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Persistence and Disappearance of Traditional Patrilocality

Matrimonial Strategies and Postnuptial Residence Patterns in Two Eastern Siberian Communities of the Twenty-First Century

Vincent Zvénigorosky, Dariya Nikolaeva, Georgii Romanov, Aisen Solovev, Nikolai Barashkov, Éric Crubézy, Sardana Fedorova, and Christine Keyser

This article describes current matrimonial strategies and residence patterns in two communities in the Sakha Republic. In Tolon, a rural settlement in central Sakha, community exogamy is predominant and patrilocality is detectable in postnuptial residence patterns. In the sub-Arctic town of Khonuu no gendered residence patterns are observed. Khonuu has an airport and serves as a regional capital. In Khonuu matrimonial decisions follow the immigration of men and couples rather than traditional strategies connected with horse- and cattle-based subsistence. This article discusses the possible biological, historical, and cultural reasons that explain the observance or lack of observance of traditional marriage in the contemporary Sakha Republic.

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Erika Friedl

often supported his younger siblings in school. He then expected them to contribute their eventual salaries to the extended family, but this went against the ‘modern’ trend towards nuclear, neolocal families managing their own income. Resentments among

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Constanza Parra and Frank Moulaert

acquired new land use rights. The other actors, including CONAF rangers monitoring biodiversity, the neo-locals like those working in tourism and archaeologists of the local museum, remained quasi powerless against this indigenous supremacy. CONAF staff