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Khanty, People of the Taiga

Surviving the Twentieth Century

by Andrew Wiget and Olga Balalaiva

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"Meticulously researched, authoritatively written, and enlivened with a magnificence of ethnographic, ecological, and linguistic detail, this unique study offers a portrait of immense scholarly value that could easily serve as a model for similar social analyses of other native peoples of Siberia. . . . Essential."

"Well-written, readable, and accessible to a wide audience. The authors balance a broad range of sources in a way that creates a tightly woven, dense, and compelling narrative. . . . [A]n excellent example of how profoundly satisfying deep ethnography can be."


Drawing on nearly twenty years of fieldwork, as well as ethnohistory, politics, and economics, this volume takes a close look at changes in the lives of the indigenous Siberian Khanty people and draws crucial connections between those changes and the social, cultural, and political transformation that swept Russia during the transition to democracy. Delving deeply into the history of the Khanty—who were almost completely isolated prior to the Russian revolution— the authors show how the customs, traditions, and knowledge of indigenous people interact with and are threatened by events in the larger world.

Andrew Wiget is professor of English and director of the New Mexico Heritage Center at New Mexico State University.

Olga Balalaeva is a folklorist and specialist in Finno-Ugric studies who has been working in Siberia since 1988.

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  • Paperback Price: $44.00
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60223-124-5
  • Ebook Price: $31.95
  • EISBN: 978-1-60223-125-2
  • Publication Month: May
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Pages: 327
  • Illustrations: 95
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Andrew Wiget and Olga Balalaiva
  • ECommerce Code: 9781602231245

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