Drawing on nearly twenty years of fieldwork, as well
as ethnohistory, politics, and economics, this volume
takes a close look at changes in the lives of the indigenous
Siberian Khanty people and draws crucial
connections between those changes and the social,
cultural, and political transformation that swept
Russia during the transition to democracy. Delving
deeply into the history of the Khanty—who were
almost completely isolated prior to the Russian revolution—
the authors show how the customs, traditions,
and knowledge of indigenous people interact with and
are threatened by events in the larger world.
Meticulously researched, authoritatively written, and enlivened with a magnificence of ethnographic, ecological, and linguistic detail, this unique study offers a portrait of immense scholarly value that could easily serve as a model for similar social analyses of other native peoples of Siberia. . . . Essential.