Author Archives: Stephan Dudeck

About Stephan Dudeck

Anthropologist at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland, the Centre for Arctic Social Studies at the European University at Saint Petersburg and the Centre of Arctic and Siberian Exploration at the Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Khanty Activists’ Travel to Lapland (2)

(see the first part of the travelogue in the previous post) After departing from Inari, we (Agrafena Sopochin, Marija Launonen and me) headed up North to meet the writer Kirste Paltto at her place north of Karigasniemi at the River … Continue reading

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Khanty Activists’ Travel to Lapland (1)

In this blog entry, I want to tell the story of a wonderful journey I made recently with my friend and colleague Agrafena Semjonovna Sopochina and her daughter Marija Launonen through northern Finland and Norway, to Tallinn and to St. … Continue reading

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My Siberian friend, the reindeer herder Iosif Nikitovich Kechimov has died

He was one of the respected elders of the Khanty community at the Tromagan River. His friends and relatives buried him on 3rd June 2016. I first met Iosif Kechimov almost 17 years ago to ask him, if he and … Continue reading

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The Khanty Bear Feast revisited

I have visited the Western Siberian Khanty in the vicinity of the oil towns in the Surgut region for twenty years now. Never could I have imagined I would see a performance of the famous Khanty Bear Ceremony documented thirty … Continue reading

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If you want to have reindeer – a trilingual book with poems of Yuri Vella made by Anne Bouin

Some days ago, I received a book. My friend Eva Toulouze gave it to me in Paris to take it with me in autumn, when I will travel to Siberia. I’ll have to give it to the family of the … Continue reading

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New Year’s in the Tundra

For the first time in my life I celebrated the arrival of the new year with the reindeer herders. I managed after a lot of difficulties to arrive at the camp site North of the Russian town of Mezen’ on the … Continue reading

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“Before the Snow” online

Together with photographer and film-maker Christian Vagt I visited Khanty and Nenets friends in Siberia in 2007. Now the result is online as a short film. For the indigenous Khanty and Nenets in the block houses and nomad tents near … Continue reading

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