The Shaman's Coat: A Native History of Siberia

The Shaman's Coat: A Native History of Siberia by Anna Reid 0802776760 9780802776761
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The fascinating history of an unknown people A vivid mixture of history and reporting,The Shamans Coattells the story of some of the worlds least-known peoplesthe indigenous tribes of Siberia. Russias equivalent to the Native Americans or Australian Aborigines, they divide into two dozen different and ancient nationalitiesamong them Buryat, Tuvans, Sakha, and Chukchi. Though they number more than one million and have begun to demand land rights and political autonomy since the fall of communism, most Westerners are not even aware that they exist. Journalist and historian Anna Reid traveled the length and breadth of Siberiaone-twelfth of the worlds land surface, larger than the United States and Western Europe combinedto tell the story of its people. Drawing on sources ranging from folktales to KGB reports, and on interviews with shamans and Buddhist monks, reindeer herders and whale hunters, camp survivors and Party apparatchiks,The Shamans Coattravels through four hundred years of history, from the Cossacks campaigns against the last of the Tatar khans to native rights activists against oil development. The result is a moving group portrait of extraordinary and threatened peoples, and a unique and intrepid travel chronicle.      

Author: Anna Reid

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 226

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication Date: 2003-09-01


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