Materials on Koryaks and Other Northeast Asian Peoples

An extensive list of published materials on other Siberian cultures and general issues of native peoples in Russia are on a separate page.

Linguistic materials are listed in a separate bibliography.

Archeology of North-East Asia is mostly in Russian, but there are some things in English.

Russian-language sources are on a separate page.

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Akaha, Tsuneo, editor

1997  Politics and Economics in the Russian Far East: Changing Ties with Asia-Pacific. Routledge.

Alexandroff, Paul W.

1909  Photographs of the Kamchatka Region, Siberia [32 photographic prints, b/w, 9 x 14 cm], Bancroft Special Collections at University of California Berkeley. [BANC PIC 1905.00643a-.00650 and 1905.00660-.00682].

Beaudry, Nicole

1990  "A Week with Soviet Eskimo Singers and Dancers." Canadian Folk Music Bulletin. 25(1) pp 25-26.

Beniowsky, Moriz August, graf von

1790  Memoirs and travels of Mauritius Augustus, Count de Benyowsky, consisting of his military operations in Poland, his exile into Kamchatka, his escape and voyage from that peninsula through the northern Pacific Ocean, touching at Japan and Formosa, to Canton in China, with an account of the French settlement he was appointed to form upon the island of Madagascar. Written by himself. Translated from the original manuscript by William Nicholson.Dublin: Wogan.

1893  The memoirs and travels of Mauritius Augustus, count de Benyowsky, in Siberia, Kamchatka, Japan, the Liukiu islands and Formosa; from the translation of his original manuscript. London: T. F. Unwin

Bergman, Sten

1927  Through Kamchatka by Dogsled and Skis: A Vivid Description of Adventurous Journeys Amongst the Interesting and Almost Unknown Peoples of the Most Inaccessible Parts of this Remote Siberian Peninsula. London: Seeley, Service, & Co.

Bogoras, Waldemar G. (Bogoraz-Tan, Vladimir Germanovich)

1904-09  The Chukchee. Parts I, II, III. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History Vol. XI. The Jesup North Pacific Expedition, F. Boas, ed. Leiden: E. J. Brill.
1925  Ideas of Space and Time in the Conception of Primitive Religion. Americxan Anthropologist. N.S. 27(2): 205-66.
1904-09 The Chukchee. Parts I, II, III. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History Vol. XI. Leiden: E. J. Brill.

Dittmar, Carl von

1856  Über die Koräken und die ihnen sher nahe verwandten Tschuktschen (Mélanges Russes tirés de Bulletin Historico-Philologique de l’Académie impériale des Sciences de St. Pétersbourg, Tome III, Ire Livraison) .

Fitzhugh, William W. and Valérie Chaussonnet

1993  Anthropology of the North Pacific Rim. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian.

Fitzhugh, Willliam W. and Aron Crowell

1988  Crossroads of the Continents. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian.

Graburn, Nelson H. H. and B. Stephen Strong

1973  Circumpolar Peoples: An Anthropological Perspective (Pacific Palisades, Ca.: Goodyear Publishing).

Nelson Hancock

2002  Is Trade Traditional? Theorizing Economic Histories and Futures in the New Kamchatka.In People and the Land: Pathways to Reform in post-Soviet Siberia, edited by E. Kasten. Pp. 209-28. Berlin: Karl Reimer Verlag.

Irimoto, Takashi and Takako Yamada, editors

1994  Circumpolar Relgion and Ecology: An Anthropology of the North. Tokoyo: University of Tokoyo Press. (GN 673.C57)

Jochelson, Waldemar (Vladimir Ilyich)

1908  The Koryak. American Museum of Natual History Memoirs. Vol. X, Parts I and II. The Jesup North Pacific Expedition, F. Boas, ed. Leiden: E. J. Brill. (QH1.A43R, Sci Lib)

1920  "The Semi-subterranean Houses of the Koryak of Northeastern Siberia." In A. L. Kroeber and T. T. Waterman, Source Book in Anthropology. Berkeley, Ca. pp 278-285. [Also in University of California, Berkeley. Department of Anthropology: Selected Readings in Anthropology. Syllabus Series, No. 101, Berkeley 1919. pp 108-119.]

Kennan, George

1910  Tent Life in Siberia and Adventures among the Korak and Other tribes in Kamchatka and Northern Asia. New York: Putnam. Revised and enlarged, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, [1871].

King, Alexander D.

1999  Soul Suckers: Vampiric Shamans in Northern Kamchatka, Russia. Anthropology of Consciousness. 10(4):74-85. PDF image file of this article.

2002a  Reindeer Herders' Culturescapes in the Koryak Autonomous Okrug. In People and the Land: Pathways to Reform in post-Soviet Siberia, edited by E. Kasten. Pp. 57- 73. Berlin: Karl Reimer Verlag. PDF image file of this article.

2002b "Without Deer There Is No Culture, Nothing." Anthropology and Humanism. 27(2):133-164. 4.2Mb PDF of this article.

2003  Social Security in Kamchatka: Rural and Urban Comparisons. In The Postsocialist Agrarian Question. Chris Hann, editor. Münster: Litt-Verlag. Pp. 391-418.

2004 Authenticity and Real Cultural Properties in the Russian Far East. In Erich Kasten, editor. Properties of Culture – Culture as Property: Pathways to Reform in Post-Soviet Siberia. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag. Pp. 51-65.

2004 Raven Tales from Kamchatka. In Brian Swann, editor, Voices from the Four Directions. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Pp. 3-24.

David Koester

2002  When the Fat Raven Sings: Mimesis and Environmental Alterity in Kamchatka's Environmentalist Age. In People and the Land: Pathways to Reform in post-Soviet Siberia, edited by E. Kasten. Pp. 39-56. Berlin: Karl Reimer Verlag.

Krasheninnikov, Stepan P.

1972  Explorations of Kamchatka: North Pacific Scimitar. E.A.P. Crownhart-Vaughn, trans.

Lessups,Jean Baptiste Barthelemy, Baron de

1790  Travels in Kamtschatka, during the years 1787 and 1788. Translated from the French. London : J. Johnson.

Levin, M. G. and L. P. Potapov, editors

1964  The Peoples of Siberia. Dunn S., trans. ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (DK758.A4813)
  Good general introduction to all of the ethnographic groups of Siberia and the Far East, it presents a consistent Marxist-Leninist picture.

Magnarella, Paul J.

1970  Structural Analysis of a Koryak Incest Myth. Arctic Anthropology. 6(2): 21-28.
1972  Koryak Religion and Society: An Anthropological Analysis. Arctic Anthropology. 9(2): 24-31.

Miller, Tom

1999  Mannequins and Spirits: Representation and Resistance of Siberian Shamans. Anthropology of Consciousness 10(4).
1997  Drawing Shadows to Stone. With Barbara Mathe. In Kendall, Laurel, Barbara Mathe, and Thomas Ross Miller, Drawing Shadows to Stone: The Photography of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, 1897-1902: 19-102. New York, Seattle and London: American Museum of Natural History and University of Washington Press.

Phillips, Richard, Sir

1810  A consice account of the character, manners, and customs of the inhabitants of Japan, Kamtschatka, Cochin China, Siam, Pegu, Pelew Islands, and New Holland [microform] : in which the remarkable curiosities of those nations are particularly noticed by J. Goldsmith. Philadelphia : Johnson and Warner.[Microopaque. New York, N.Y. : Readex Microprint, courtesy of American Antiquarian Society, 1976.]

Rethmann, Petra

2001  Tundra Passages: History and Gender in the Russian Far East. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State Univeristy Press.   
2001 Indigenous Autonomy and its Problems: A Vision from the Russian Far East. St. Thomas Law Review 14.
2000 Skins of Desire: Poetry and Identity in Koriak Women's Gift Exchange. American Ethnologist.
2000   A Hopeless Case?: The Politics of Gender in the Russian Far East. Anthropologica.
1999  Deadly Dis-Ease: Medical Knowledge and Healing in Northern Kamchatka, Russia. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 23: 197-217.
1998  In the Time of the Lizard: Colonialism, History, and Cultural Autonomy in the Russian Far East. The Anthropology of East-Europe Review 16: 70-81.
1997  Chto Delat'?: Ethnography in the Post-Soviet Context. American Anthropologist 99 (4): 770-775.

Schindler, Debra L.

1994  "Competing for Resources: First Nation Rights and Economic Development in the Russian Far East." In Who Pays the Price? The Sociocultural Context of Environmental Crisis., B. Johnston, ed. (Island Press) pp 99-109.
1991  "Theory, Policy, and the Narody Severa." Anthropological Quarterly 64(2): 68-79.
1990  The Political Economy of Ethnic Discourse in the Soviet Union. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Massechusets.

Schweizer, Peter

1989  "Spouse Exchange in Northeastern Siberia: On Kinship and Sexual Relations and Their Transformations," In: Kinship, Social Change and Evolution. Proceedings of a Symposium held in Honour of Walter Dostal. A. Gingrich, S. Haas, S. Haas, G. Paleczek, Eds. Vienna Contributions to Ethnology and Anthropology 5: 17-38.

Steller, Georg Wilhelm

1774  Beschreibung von dem Lande Kamtschatka. Frankfurt und Leipzig.

Van Stone, James W.

1983  "Protective Hide Body Armor of the Historic Chukchi and Siberian Eskimos." Etudes Inuit Studies. 7 (2) pp 3-24.

Vdovin, I. S.

1976  "The study of shamanism among the peoples of Siberia and the North. In Realm of the extra-human: agents and audiences. A Bharati, editor. pp 261-273.

Vishnevski', Boris N.

1930  "Contributions to the Anthropology of North-east Asiatic Tribes." International Congress of Americanists, 1928, 23rd, New York. Proceedings. pp 881-892.

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