Monthly Archives: June 2012

Communicating with the camera

After the long interviews that in some cases went over hours and hours I usually tell my interlocutors, that I want to take a picture of them, that I need a portrait for my work. The first reaction is in … Continue reading

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Stalina, Oktyabrina, Vertоlina

Openness to innovations is an important character-trait of the Nenets reindeer herders and sometimes the mixture of modernity and traditionalism goes against all expectations. The first of the elders of Khongurei I got the chance to interview was Stalina Yakovlevna … Continue reading

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Collecting oral history in the village

First I took Julia Taleeva to help me to get acquainted with some of the elders in the village of Khongurei. First we went to Julia’s aunt, Aleksandra Germogenovna Taleeva, the oldest woman here, born in 1927. I usually start … Continue reading

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Khongurei – and the Kolkhoz of the “Red Reindeer”

So much happened in the last two weeks, that I don’t know where to start. So I will post in the next days fresh impressions from my first weeks of fieldwork in a small village on the banks of the … Continue reading

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