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ETNOGRAFICHESKOE OBOZRENIE • 5-2017


Anderson, D.G.
Notes from His "Snail's Shell": The Zabaikal' Fieldwork of S.M. Shirokogoroff and the Ground-Work for "Etnos-Thinking"
[Zapiski "ushedshei v sebia ulitki": zabaikal'skie ekspeditsii S.M. Shirokogorova i formirovanie osnov "etnos-myshleniia"]

David G. Anderson | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9624-5867 | david.anderson@abdn.ac.uk | University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen AB24 3FX, UK

Type of publication: Research Article

Keywords
ethnos, history of ethnography, Transbaikal, Evenkis, Orochens

Abstract
This article surveys the fieldwork of Sergei Shirokogoroff and his wife Elizabeta in northeastern Zabaikal'e in 1912 and 1913 to document the people whom he identified as Orochens. According to his own reflections, Sergei Shirokogoroff felt his ideas on etnos and his acquaintance with Tungus shamanism, occurred at this time. Through surveying manuscripts and letters written from the field, or shortly after, the article weights the atmosphere of competition and introspection that may have lead him and his wife to seek out ever more isolated peripheries from which to theorize. Nevertheless, this first encounter with Orochen hunters and shamans would form the kernel of his theory of cultural resilience and degradation which would be a constant theme in his life's work.

Funding Information
This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Economic and Social Research Council, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100000269 [ESRC ES/K006428/1]

Citation (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., Author-Date, article titles not enclosed in quotation marks)

Anderson, D.G. 2017. Zapiski "ushedshei v sebia ulitki": zabaikal'skie ekspeditsii S.M. Shirokogorova i formirovanie osnov "etnos-myshleniia" [Notes from His "Snail's Shell": The Zabaikal' Fieldwork of S.M. Shirokogoroff and the Ground-Work for "Etnos-Thinking"]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 5: 104-122

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Submitted 30.03.2017 | Accepted 30.05.2017

 


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