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Long Night at the Vepsian Museum: The Forest Folk of Northern Russia and the Struggle for Cultural Survival

Veronica Davidov
Format
Book
Published
North York, Ontario, Canada : University of Toronto Press, [2017]
Language
English
Series
Teaching Culture : UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
Teaching Culture
ISBN
9781442636194, 144263619X, 1442636181, 9781442636187, 9781442636200, 9781442636217
Summary
This book takes readers to the village of Sheltozero in northern Russia. It highlights a tiny community of indigenous people called Veps, known colloquially as "the forest folks" for their intense closeness and affiliation with the forests in their ancestral territories. Davidov uses a tour of the local museum to introduce a cast of human and non-human characters from traditional Vepsian culture, while journeying through various eras under Russian, Finnish, Soviet, and post-Soviet rule. In the process, she explores how contemporary political struggles mesh with traditional beliefs, illustrating how Veps make meaning of their history and unfolding future--back cover.
Contents
  • History and memory
  • Vepsian cosmologies
  • Spruce eyelashes and blue eyes of lakes
  • The bad masters
  • The long night of museums.
Description
xxi, 130 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-121) and index.
Technical Details
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