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On the Run in Siberia
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On the Run in Siberia

Rane Willerslev

Abstract

“If I had let myself be ruled by reason alone, I would surely be lying dead somewhere or another in the Siberian frost.” The Siberian taiga: a massive forest region of roughly 4.5 million square miles, stretching from the Ural Mountains to the Bering Sea, breathtakingly beautiful and the coldest inhabited region in the world. Winter temperatures plummet to a bitter 97 degrees below zero, and beneath the permafrost lie the fossilized remains of mammoths, woolly rhinoceroses, and other ice age giants. For the Yukaghir, an indigenous people of the taiga, hunting sable is both an economic necessit ... More

Keywords: hunters, Siberia, taiga, Yukaghir, Communism, political corruption, hunting, fur trade, starvation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816676262
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676262.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rane Willerslev, author
Professor and Director Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo