Category Archives: Portraits

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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Yuri Vella (Yuri Kylevich Aivaseda) passed away

My most important teacher and great friend passed away. I am with my thoughts and heart now in the village of Variogan and at the Tiuitiakha river settlement in Western Siberia. It was hard at the first moment but how … Continue reading

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Report of my travel to the Kanin reindeer herders in March 2013.

As I said in my previous blog entries on my stay in Arkhangelsk and Pinega, I was not able to get the border permission in time. On hearing this I decided to visit the reindeer herders outside the border zone … Continue reading

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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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