January 2002
Arctic Anthropology;2002, Vol. 39 Issue 1/2, p122
Academic Journal
This article examines the way in which Koriak women elders interpret and assess the historical changes occurring in the last eight or nine decades on the northern Kamchatka Peninsula. Historical documents do not provide much insight concerning the understanding of Koriak women and men on subjects such as the perception of cultural meaning, spirituality, and their own actions in the world. Recorded narratives of senior Koriak women bring indigenous perspectives into view, while raising questions about gender as an important analytical category, not only in the context of northern Russian anthropology, but in a larger sense. While northern Russian anthropology has made invaluable contributions to the study of many aspects of indigenous social life, the discipline still needs to come to terms with the variegated interests of particular communities, individuals, and groups. Gender, if not always the abiding social category, is one important facet of such analyses.


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