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The Way of Kinship: An Anthology of Native Siberian Literature (First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies)


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Publisher Comments:

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.

Book News Annotation:

With a forward by N. Scott Momaday, this collection of modern Native Siberian literature is the first of its kind in English. The editors have gathered several forms of writing from numerous tribes, including Khanty and Evenk, presenting a wide ranging yet intimate view of life on Siberian land. The introduction provides a quick history of the area. Of special interest is the relationship between the Native people and czarist Russia and later, communist Russia. Poetry, drama, literature are represented and the text includes several illustrations. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Prose, poetry, and drama from Siberia-the first anthology of its kind in English.

About the Author

Alexander Vaschenko is chair of the Program in Comparative Studies in Literature at Moscow State University. Claude Clayton Smith is professor emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University.

N. Scott Momaday is a Native American (Kiowa) writer. The author of several works of fiction, his novel House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2007.

Table of Contents



N. Scott Momaday

Introduction. Cry of the Wild Crane: The Call of Forgotten Kinship

Alexander Vaschenko

Evenk Invocation for Good Fortune: To Nature, When the Earth Turns Green

Yeremei Aipin (Khanty)

Old Man Moon

The Earth's Pain

Puzzles of My Childhood

Selections from Morning Twilight: A Novel of the Khanty

And So Dies My Clan

Nadezda Taligina (Khanty)

A Portfolio of Ten Drawings

Yuri Vaella (Taiga Nenets)

At The Bus Stop

Watching TV

On Things Eternal

To the Bear

Song of the Reindeer Breeder

Eternal Sky

The Little Shaman and other Stories

Morning at the Lake

Fyodor the Hunter

New from Vatyegan Camp

Galina Keptuke (Evenk)

A Discovery

The Unexpected Guest

Little America

Gennady Dyachkov (Yukagir)

The Hunter's Son: A One-Act Play

Vladimir Sangi (Nivkh)

My First Shot

Maria Vagatova (Khanty)

My Word, My Tongue

River Mosum, My Water

Dirge for the Land of the Khanty

The People of Tuk'yakang Village

Stone Soldier

An Old Anthill

Gennady Raishev (Khanty)

Four Black and White Prints

Jansi Kimonko (Udegeh)

From Where the Sukpai Rushes Along

Anna Nerkagi (Tundra Nenets)

From The Horde

Leonty Taragupta (Khanty)

Son of the Sky

The Prayer of the Bear

Yuri Rytkheu (Chukchee)

Kakot's Numbers

Evenk Invocation for Good Fortune: To Nature, When the Green Recedes

A Note on Translation

Claude Clayton Smith


Suggestions for Further Reading

Product Details

Vaschenko, Alexander (edt)
University of Minnesota Press
Vaschenko, Alexander
Claude, Clayton Smith
Vaschenko, Alexander
Smith, Claude Clayton
Momaday, N. Scott
Native American
Edition Description:
First Peoples: New Directions Indigenous
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8.25 x 5.5 x 0.7 in

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