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The Way of Kinship
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That these treasures are available to us as writing is a miracle. . . . The writings here, while altogether modern in one sense, are based upon a literature, albeit oral, that has existed for thousands of years. They are the reflections of people who have lived long on the earth, on their own terms, in harmony with the powers of nature. They are invaluable to us who have so much to learn from them. These stories, poems, songs give us a way, a sacred way, into a world that we ought to know for its own sake. It is our own world, after all. —N. Scott Momaday, from the Foreword

The first anthology of Native Siberian literature in English, The Way of Kinship represents writers from regions extending from the Ob River in the west to the Chukotka peninsula, the easternmost point of the Siberian Russian Arctic. Drawn from seven distinct ethnic groups, this diverse body of work-prose fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction-chronicles ancient Siberian cultures and traditions threatened with extinction in the contemporary world.

Translated and edited by Alexander Vaschenko and Claude Clayton Smith, leading scholars in Native Siberian literature, The Way of Kinship is an essential collection that will introduce readers to new writers and new worlds.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-10
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. Introduction: Cry of the Wild Crane: The Call of Forgotten Kinship
  2. pp. xiii-xxiii
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  1. Evenk Invocation for Good Fortune: To Nature, When the Earth Turns Green
  2. pp. 1-27
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  1. Yeremei Aipin (KHANTY)
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. Old Man Moon
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. The Earth’s Pain
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. Puzzles of My Childhood
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Selections from Morning Twilight: A Novel of the Khanty
  2. pp. 15-53
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  1. And So Dies My Clan
  2. pp. 54-65
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  1. Nadezda Taligina (KHANTY)
  2. pp. 66-91
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  1. A Portfolio of Ten Drawings
  2. pp. 67-77
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  1. Yuri Vaella (TAIGA NENETS)
  2. pp. 78-79
  1. At the Bus Stop
  2. pp. 80-105
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  1. Watching TV
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. On Things Eternal
  2. pp. 83-108
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  1. To the Bear
  2. pp. 84-109
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  1. Song of the Reindeer Breeder
  2. pp. 85-110
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  1. Eternal Sky
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. The Little Shaman and Other Stories
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. Morning at the Lake
  2. pp. 90-115
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  1. Fyodor the Hunter
  2. pp. 91-92
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  1. News from Vatyegan Camp
  2. pp. 93-118
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  1. Galina Keptuke (EVENK)
  2. pp. 94-119
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  1. A Discovery
  2. pp. 95-105
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  1. The Unexpected Guest
  2. pp. 106-125
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  1. Little America
  2. pp. 126-154
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  1. Gennady Dyachkov (YUKAGIR)
  2. pp. 155-180
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  1. The Hunter’s Son: A One-Act Play
  2. pp. 156-164
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  1. Vladimir Sangi (NIVKH)
  2. pp. 165-166
  1. My First Shot
  2. pp. 167-174
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  1. Maria Vagatova (KHANTY)
  2. pp. 175-176
  1. My Word, My Tongue
  2. pp. 177-202
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  1. River Mosum, My Water
  2. pp. 178-203
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  1. Dirge for the Land of the Khanty
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. The People of Tuk’yakang Village
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. Stone Soldier
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. An Old Anthill
  2. pp. 185-187
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  1. Gennady Raishev (KHANTY)
  2. pp. 188-189
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  1. Jansi Kimonko (UDEGEH)
  2. pp. 195-196
  1. From Where the Sukpai Rushes Along
  2. pp. 197-199
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  1. Anna Nerkagi (TUNDRA NENETS)
  2. pp. 200-201
  1. From The Horde
  2. pp. 202-209
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  1. Leonty Taragupta (KHANTY)
  2. pp. 210-235
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  1. Son of the Sky
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. The Prayer of the Bear
  2. pp. 213-217
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  1. Yuri Rytkheu (CHUKCHEE)
  2. pp. 218-219
  1. Kakot’s Numbers
  2. pp. 220-237
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  1. Evenk Invocation for Good Fortune: To Nature, When the Green Recedes
  2. pp. 239-265
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  1. A Note on Translation
  2. pp. 241-245
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 246-247
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. 248-250
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