Culture incarnate: native anthropology from Russia by Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

By Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

This number of stories makes use of the procedures of research and self-analysis to ascertain the social, political and religious forces at paintings within the post-Soviet global. The textual content comprises discussions of ethnohistory, political anthropology and ethnic clash, and symbolic anthropology.

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Mongush B. Kenin-Lopsan also pays assiduous attention to the importance of language, analyzing shamanic folklore as not only a reflection of a Tuvan worldview, but also as poetry. 20 Mongush Kenin-Lopsan is of an older generation of Native ethnographers, one of the most prominent of his people to take advantage of Soviet education programs allowing for careers in ethnography. While predominantly Kyzyl-based, he too was influenced by the Leningrad University tradition of ethnography, through Rudolf F.

Platon Sleptsov's professional career in the Yakutsk branch of the Academy of Science began during the death throes of Soviet activist demands that ethnographers aid propagandists in concocting new secular rituals of birth, marriage, and death. Thus on the eve of Gorbachev's perestroika, Platon Sleptsov served on a committee to recreate Yakut marriage rituals, mixing a small dose of Sakha tradition with large doses of socialist messages. He easily survived this sterile exercise of imposing culture "from above" and has recently been active in far more productive, locally generated projects.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Culture incarnate : native anthropology from Russia / edited by Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer.  cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.  Russia (Federation)Social life and customs.  Balzer, Marjorie Mandelstam. 8'00974dc20 94-33956 CIP Cover Art: Amur River appliqué art using a paper cut-out technique based on older cloth and fur cutting. The artist is Nanai (Goldy) master Anna A. Samar, sister of the ethnographer and political activist Evdokiya A.

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