Monthly Archives: February 2012

Aurora in the Red Village

In the village Krasnoe (the red) I had the chance to see two auroras – the dawn of the sun in the morning and my first Aurora Borealis (northern lights). Krasnoe is not far from Naryan Mar, just an hour … Continue reading

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First monument for fighting reindeer during World War II

The firsts Memorial for the reindeer herders that went to war with their reindeer in World War II was inaugurated by the governor on February 23rd in Naryan Mar. Relatives of the Nenets and Komi that fought in the reindeer … Continue reading

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The difference between “Nentsy” (Nenets) and “Nemtsy“ (Germans) is only one letter in Russian

My first interview partner in Naryan Mar was Fedosia Semenovna Kauts. She quickly became a good friend and important informant with a rich memory. I met her by chance in the local library, and the librarian introduced me to her … Continue reading

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Elders from the “Tundra of the small land”

The tundra west of the mouth of the Pechora river is called in Russian “Malozemelskaia Tundra” – tundra of the small land. There is also a “big lands tundra” on the other site of the Pechora which goes up to … Continue reading

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Aleksandra Ivanovna Vyucheiskaia

Almost all houses in the village have telephone and I made my appointments with my first interview partners by suggestion of the director of the Museum via telephone. Aleksandra Ivanovna was sceptical at first. “What can I tell you about … Continue reading

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Nelmin Nos

The common transport to the Nenets village of Nelmin-Nos is a tank-like vehicle that goes north on the frozen Pechora river. Now it takes a little bit more than an hour to reach the village. The village has more than … Continue reading

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Oral history of Naryan-Mar Babushkas

I had to stay in the capital of the region – Naryan Mar for some time to plan the proper work in far more distant settlements and I tried to develop my skills in interview-recording. A lot of people from … Continue reading

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