Стеллажи Этнография Leaving footprints in the Taiga

Donatas Brandišauskas

Leaving footprints in the Taiga

Luck, Spirits and Ambivalence among the Siberian Orochen Reindeer Herders and Hunters

The Circumpolar North encapsulates all the major issues confronting the world today: enduring colonial legacies for indigenous people and the landscape, climate change and resource extraction industries, international diplomatic tensions, and lived realities of small communities in the interconnected modern world system. This book series provides a showcase for cutting-edge academic research on the lives of Arctic and Sub-arctic communities past and present. Understanding the contemporary Circumpolar North requires a multiplicity of perspectives and we welcome works from the social sciences, humanities and the arts.


  • Introduction. Luck, Spirits and Places
  • Chapter 1. People I Lived With: Community, Subsistence and Skills
  • Chapter 2. Luck, Spirits and Domination
  • Chapter 3. Sharing, Trust and Accumulation
  • Chapter 4. ‘Relying On My Own Two’: Walking and Luck
  • Chapter 5. Living Places: Tracking Animals and Camps
  • Chapter 6. Mastery of Time: Weather and Opportunities
  • Chapter 7. Herding, Hunting and Ambiguity
  • Chapter 8. Rock Art, Shamans and Healing
  • Chapter 9. Conclusions: Ambivalence, Reciprocity and Luck

Таблицы, карты и изображения в издании

  • Tables
    • Table 1.1. Representation of Orochen and Murchen clans and
    • Table 1.2. Average temperatures in Tungokochen village, 2004–2005
    • Table 1.3. Annual round of hunting activities, 2005–2006
    • Table 1.4. The use of reindeer vis-à-vis horses as transport in hunting
    • Table 1.5. Variety and seasonality of animals killed by two Aruneev family groups based in diff erent settings
    • Table 3.1. The variety of groceries imported to the storage platform in autumn 2004
    • Table 5.1. How hunters read animal tracks in summer and winter
    • Table 6.1. Correlations between weather and hunting activities
    • Table 7.1. The main grazing areas and diet of the Zhumaneev-Aruneev family’s reindeer herd, 2004–2005
    • Table 7.2. Table of lost reindeer and predators killed by the Zhumaneev-Aruneev family
    • Table 7.3. Reindeer herders’ and hunters’ uses of wild animal parts for food and medicine
  • Карты
    • Map 1.1. Sketch map of research sites in Zabaikal’ia
    • Map 4.1. Aleksei Aruneev’s fur and game animal hunting routes, followed for a few weeks in the Siligli River basin in 2005
    • Map 5.1. Sketch map of reindeer bikit drawn by Nikolai Aruneev
    • Map 5.2. Sketch map of moose bikit drawn by Nikolai Aruneev
    • Map 5.3. Map of the Zhumaneev-Aruneev family’s camps and other important sites of subsistence
    • Map 5.4. Sketch map of fur hunting camp near the Poperechnaia River
  • Схемы
    • Figure 1.1. Bear paws cut for trade to China
    • Figure 1.2. Christianization of Orochen of Nerchinsk County in early twentieth century
    • Figure 1.3. Kinship chart showing the main families
    • Figure 1.4. Aleksei Aruneev skinning a moose
    • Figure 1.5. Burned hummocks in a fi eld
    • Figure 1.6. The reindeer herd owned by the Zhumaneev-Aruneev family
    • Figure 1.7. Nikolai Aruneev transporting a moose carcass and his camping gear by reindeer
    • Figure 1.8. Olga Zhumaneeva with hunted squirrels
    • Figure 1.9. Gena Kirilov softening moose skin
    • Figure 2.1. Omiruk dolls belonging to the Dogonchin family
    • Figure 2.2. Sketch representing fragmentation of scapula
    • Figure 2.3. Aleksei Aruneev divining from the shoulder blade of a roe deer
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Brandišauskas, Donatas. Leaving footprints in the taiga : luck, spirits and ambivalence among the Siberian Orochen reindeer herders and hunters. — New York : Berhgahn Books, 2017. — ISBN 9781785332395 (ebook).