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The Shaman's Coat: A Native History of Siberia

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The fascinating history of an unknown people

A vivid mixture of history and reporting, The Shamans Coat tells the story of some of the worlds least-known peoples—the indigenous tribes of Siberia. Russias equivalent to the Native Americans or Australian Aborigines, they divide into two dozen different and ancient nationalities—among 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 Siberia—one-twelfth of the worlds land surface, larger than the United States and Western Europe combined—to 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 Coat travels 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.

About the Author

Anna Reid holds a masters degree in Russian history and reform economics from London Universitys School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She was the Kiev correspondent for the Economist and the Daily Telegraph from 1993 to 1995. Her first book, Borderland: A Journey through the History of the Ukraine, was published to wide acclaim in 1997. Ms. Reid lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802713995
Subtitle:
A Native History of Siberia
Author:
Reid, Anna
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Indigenous peoples
Subject:
Siberia
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Former Soviet Republics
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Europe/Russia
Subject:
the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
00-419
Publication Date:
20030901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Europe
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » Russia » Siberia

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