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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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Starvation and Desperation

Starvation and Desperation

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On the Run in Siberia

Rane Willerslev

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, the author narrates his experience in the Siberian taiga hunting for sables. He describes the wolverine which, like the sable, belongs to the Mustelidae family and is known as the greediest of all the predators in the taiga, feeding mainly on prey killed by others. Trappers hate the wolverine, because it steals from their traps and meat caches. The wolverine’s tufted and unsightly fur did not become attractive as a trading commodity until sometime in the 1960s. The author then narrates an experience he had in the Siberian taiga. Without their cache of moose meat, the author and his companion, Ivan Danilov, once found themselves suddenly left with no food. The sable tracks were at that point farther and farther apart, and the two men could catch almost nothing. Food had been scarce for weeks, and they have not eaten anything at all for an entire week. Hunger had left visible marks on their bodies.

Keywords:   taiga, Siberia, hunting, sable, wolverine, fur, Ivan Danilov, hunger, starvation, frostbite

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