- Title Pages
- Preface and Acknowledgments
- Gallery of Characters
- One Last, Feeble Attempt
- The Fur Project
1Shalugin, Leader of the Yukaghirs
2A Post-Soviet Nightmare
3Sable Furs for Sale
- On the Run in the Wilderness
4Out of Range
6Starvation and Desperation
7In the Yukaghirs’ Camp
8A long-awaited friend
- Back to the Village
10land of shadows
12The Way Back
- A Leap in Time
Appendix AUsing the Leghold Trap
Appendix BYukaghir Idols
Appendix CNetting Fish in Siberia
Appendix DFinding Your Way in the Taiga
Appendix EHow to Track and Shoot a Moose
- (p.72) (p.73) 5 Soft Gold
- On the Run in Siberia
- University of Minnesota Press
In this chapter, the author describes his experience in the Siberian taiga hunting for sables. Known as Siberia’s soft gold, the sable is valued for its fur, which is dark, almost black, with an occasional silver hair. The animal’s chest is orange and shimmers in the light. Its migration routes are highly changeable and completely unpredictable, so a hunter can never know with certainty whether he will return with his pack full of sables or with only a few. Siberia’s northeastern taiga is dominated by the larch, without which this otherwise dead, cold world would be uninhabitable for humans. As for the Yukaghirs, Soviet anthropologists claim that women generally enjoy a great respect and esteem and are allowed to hunt on equal terms with the men.
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