The Way Back
The Way Back
In this chapter, the author talks about his return to Denmark after his one-year stay 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. His girlfriend, Helene, had left him for another man, and his friend Uffe Refslund Christensen had been struggling with his own problems. At Cambridge University, he finished writing his PhD thesis on the Yukaghirs’ spiritual beliefs in 2003. In 2007, his book, Soul Hunters, was published. In it he describes the Siberia that he had come to love: life as a hunter, the relationship to the spirits, and the just distribution of meat among the Yukaghirs. The author also comments on the Russian bureaucracy that Uffe and Slava Shadrin, director of the Teki Odulok obshchina (commune), had to deal with as they pursued the fur project. Finally, he reflects on his visit to Sakhabult’s headquarters.
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