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On the Run in Siberia

ISBN-10: 0816676275

ISBN-13: 9780816676279

Edition: 2012

Authors: Rane Willerslev, Coilin OhAiseadha

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If I had let myself be ruled by reason alone, I would surely be lying dead somewhere or another in the Siberian frost.The Siberian taiga: a massive forest region of roughly 4.5 million square miles, stretching from the Ural Mountains to the Bering Sea, breathtakingly beautiful and the coldest inhabited region in the world. Winter temperatures plummet to a bitter 97 degrees below zero, and beneath the permafrost lie the fossilized remains of mammoths, woolly rhinoceroses, and other ice age giants. For the Yukaghir, an indigenous people of the taiga, hunting sable is both an economic necessity and a spiritual experience—where trusting dreams and omens is as necessary as following animal tracks. Since the fall of Communism, a corrupt regional corporation has monopolized the fur trade, forcing the Yukaghir hunters into impoverished servitude.Enter Rane Willerslev, a young Danish anthropologist who ventures into this frozen land on an idealistic mission to organize a fair-trade fur cooperative with the hunters. From the outset, things go terribly wrong. The regional fur company, with ties to corrupt public officials, proves it will stop at nothing to maintain its monopoly: one of Willerslev’s Yukaghir business partners is arrested on spurious charges of poaching and illegal trading; another drowns mysteriously. When police are sent to arrest him, Willerslev fears for his life, and he and a local hunter flee to a remote hunting lodge even deeper in the icy wilderness. Their situation turns even more desperate right away: they manage to kill a moose but lose the meat to predators and begin to starve, frostbitten and isolated in the frozen taiga.Thus begins Willerslev’s extraordinary, chilling tale of one year living in exile among Yukaghir hunters in the stark Siberian taiga region. At turns shocking and quietly moving,On the Run in Siberiais a pulse-pounding tale of idealism, political corruption, starvation, and survival (with a timely assist from Vladimir Putin) as well as a striking portrait of the Yukaghirs’ shamanistic tradition and their threatened way of life, a drama unfolding daily in one of the world’s coldest, most enthralling landscapes.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Rane Willerslev is professor of anthropology and director of the Museum of Cultural History at the University of Oslo. His primary field of research is hunting and spiritual knowledge among Siberiarsquo;s indigenous peoples. He is the author ofSoul Hunters: Hunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs.Coiliacute;n Oacute;hAiseadha is a freelance translator and professional storyteller with a long-standing interest in wilderness survival skills.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Gallery of Characters
One Last, Feeble Attempt
The Fur Project
Shalugin, Leader of the Yukaghirs
A Post-Soviet Nightmare
Sable Furs for Sale
On the Run in the Wilderness
Out of Range
Soft Gold
Starvation and Desperation
In the Yukaghirs' Camp
A Long-Awaited Friend
Back to the Village
The Curse
Land of Shadows
The Way Back
A Leap in Time
Appendixes: Surviving In Siberia
Using the Leghold Trap
Yukaghir Idols
Netting Fish in Siberia
Finding Your Way in the Taiga
How to Track and Shoot a Moose