About Stephan Dudeck


I am an Anthropologist based at the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi, Finland. My current research is part of the Orhelia projet – Oral History of Empires by Elders in the Arctic.

My first ethnographic journey in this project will lead me to the Russian North, to the Nenets Autonomous region on the Barents Sea coast, to establish contacts with local partners for further collaboration and to learn about the region’s history. Later in 2012, and in the following years, I plan to return to the region for further fieldwork, for longer periods of time.

In this blog I want to share fresh impressions from the field with my friends and colleagues.

My experience with, and interest in, the Russin north reaches back to 1993 when I first visited Western Siberian reindeer herders. Since then I have done a lot of field trips to visit the Khanty, and Nenets, indigenous peoples there.

A German version of the same blog will apear at the blog: http://www.stephandudeck.blogspot.com

16 Responses to About Stephan Dudeck

  1. Yulianna says:

    Большое Спасибо за очень интересную беседу,проведенную в колледже:)

    • Stephan Dudeck says:

      Спасибо Вам, что пришли. Жалько что студенты не давали вопросы. … стеснялись что ли?

      • Yulianna says:

        Да не за что:) всегда рады послушать что то новое и интересное:)Конечно мы стеснялись:)
        Да и растерялись наверно:)

  2. Штефан,подписалась на твой блог. ты тоже можешь стать постоянным читателем ЧУМотеки,тогда к тебе будут заходить мои читатели

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  10. archecotech says:

    Hello Steve, My name is Steve as well. I stumbled across your blog doing some research on a post about Shoyna, Russia. I’ve read about the creeping desert that is covering this village of Russia while exploring for a story. In one of the articles it claimed that the area had been forested at one time, something that I’m trying to validate. Finding information about this isn’t easy. I suspect that you’ve probably visited the Kanin peninsula, can you establish that the coastline supported forest this far north? Also I’ve been exploring your blog, very much enjoy it. I minored in Anthropology while attending college, it gave me a love for native cultures that I don’t think I would have gotten otherwise. Thanks and hope to hear from you.

    • Stephan Dudeck says:

      Hi Steve,
      I am not a specialist in climate history, so I can’t tell you, when the forest line was so high up north that it covered the Kanin-Peninsula. But it might be, that some time in the past the area was forested. Now it belongs to the tundra zone, the Arctic step, covered by shrubs and at some places birch trees. The forest line runs a little bit south of the peninsula where a slightly forested zone of forest-tundra is dominant. Shoina is a village in the northern part of the peninsula.

      • archecotech says:

        That’s what I suspected, thanks. Always dislike articles with faulty information, thanks. Really enjoyed your blog. I’d really like to get to the far north of Russia at some point. Living in Russia is fascinating, so much to explore.

  11. Hi Stephan,

    I’m a writer from the UK, and I’ve found your blog incredibly helpful in researching different reindeer herding cultures, as part of the research for my next novel. This new novel is book three in my dystopian series, and a few scenes follow a group of herders. While the group of herders in my novel is fictitious, I wanted to get a good understanding of many different groups of herders and their cultures–and so your blog posts on the reindeer herders in the Kanin Peninsula were very useful (as were your photos!).

    I would like to credit you in the Acknowledgements section for this book, as your blog has helped me greatly in my research, and so I’m seeking your permission. Is it okay to include your name, Stephan Dudeck, in my list of those who’ve assisted the research and production of this novel? Please let me know. I can be contacted at MadelineDyerAuthor [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk or via my website: http://www.madelinedyer.co.uk

    Many thanks,

  12. katona01 says:


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    Would be great to co-operate with you somehow.

    Great job with the blog! It’s really interesting!


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