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On the Run in Siberia$
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Rane Willerslev

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676262

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676262.001.0001

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A Leap in Time

A Leap in Time

Chapter:
(p.187) A Leap in Time
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On the Run in Siberia
Author(s):

Rane Willerslev

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676262.003.0014

In this chapter, the author talks about how Siberia still lives in him long after his return to Denmark. He lived for one year in the wilderness of the Siberian taiga to conduct a field study of the Yukaghirs and their lives as sable hunters as well as to revive the Danish-Yukaghir Fur Project. Every time he is at the family’s vacation house in Sweden, he goes out to a special place in the forest and sacrifice cigarettes and vodka to the bear he shot. The bear has become his invisible friend and helper in the area, where he now wanders about, hunting and fishing. He also has his own little lake in the woods, which he regularly visits on his way to work at the Moesgaard Museum. He remembers the Yukaghir hunters, whom he believes fulfilled a youthful ideal, an attempt to cultivate the masculine identity of an adventurer who in his tireless hunt for new experiences endures one trial after the other, with death as his companion.

Keywords:   taiga, Siberia, Denmark, Yukaghir, sable, hunters, Danish-Yukaghir Fur Project, bear, hunting

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