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Embracing Landscape: Living with Reindeer and Hunting among Spirits in South Siberia

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Embracing Landscape

Living with Reindeer and Hunting among Spirits in South Siberia

Selcen Küçüküstel

298 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-062-5 $130.00/£97.00 Hb Not Yet Published (June 2021)

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“This is an engaging, well-written and lively ethnography of a group of Dukha families in Mongolia. It is situated within the anthropological literature on reindeer pastoralism but beyond that contributes a unique, lively perspective on a group of people who are poorly documented in English.” • David G. Anderson, University of Aberdeen

“With this book, Küçüküstel offers us a very timely and deeply insightful account of Dukha life. Her insights are the result of living with people over an extended period of time, and from experiencing what she describes by way of first hand participation. In this sense, her work is truly ethnographic. It is a beautiful account, at times deeply touching.” • Alex C. Oehler, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Description

Examining human-animal relations among the reindeer hunting and herding Dukha community in northern Mongolia, this book focuses on concepts such as domestication and wildness from an indigenous perspective. By looking into hunting rituals and herding techniques, the ethnography questions the dynamics between people, domesticated reindeer, and wild animals. It focuses on the role of the spirited landscape which embraces all living creatures and acts as a unifying concept at the center of the human and non-human relations.

Selcen Küçüküstel is a social anthropologist who works as a post doctorate researcher at the University of Carlos III Madrid. She also works as a freelance photojournalist for different geography and culture magazines, covering anthropological stories from different parts of the world.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Environmental Studies (General)
Area: Asia



Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on Text and Transliteration

Introduction: The Forest is Watching You

PART I: TAIGA EMBRACING ALL

Chapter 1. Map of Memories in a Spirited Geography

PART II: LIVING WITH REINDEER

Chapter 2. Beyond Domestication: Nurturing Control
Chapter 3. Seasonal Cycles and Migration the Taiga
Chapter 4. Reindeer as an Intimate Partner
Chapter 5. Our Parents Know Everything Better

PART III: HUNTING AMONG SPIRITS

Chapter 6. Respecting the Hunt
Chapter 7. The Way We Hunt
Chapter 8. Luck in Hunting and Divination
Chapter 9. Hunting as a Way of Regulating the Relations
Chapter 10. Hunting Ban: Struggling in the Native Land

Conclusion

References
Index

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