Authors

Olga Balalaeva is folklorist, ethnograher, and expert in Finno-Ugric studies. Since the 1980-ies she has been organizing and participating in folklore-ethnographic expeditions in Karelia and Ob Region (over 30 field trips), as well as international interdisciplinary research projects in Western Siberia. The scope of her professional interests cover folklore, mythology, oral history and traditional nature use of Ugric peoples inhabiting the Ob Region, and regional studies. She is member of the International Association of Arctic Social Studies and Folklore Fellows Communications Society.

Lyudmila Bogoslovskaya is Head of the Sector of Traditional Subsistence and Resource Use at the Russian Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage named after D.S. Likhachev (Moscow). She graduated from the Biology and Soil Department of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov in 1959 and holds the degree of Doctor of Biology. She has conducted field research in Chukotka Peninsula since 1977. The areas of her professional interests include traditional cultures of .indigenous peoples of the North, biology of marine animals and birds.

Sardana Boyakova is Head of Arctic Studies Sector at the Institute of the Humanities and Problems of Minority Peoples of the North of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Yakutsk). She graduated from the Moscow State History and Archive Institute (1986), Doctor of History. She has been running filed research I the Arctic regions of Yakutia since 1991. The areas of professional interests include ethnic history of the peoples inhabiting the North-East of Asia, the history of settlement of the Arctic regions, ethnic ecology.

Nikita Vrosky is Project Coordinator at the Interregional Non-governmental Organization “Center for Support to Indigenous Minority Peoples of the North”. He graduated from the Biology and Soil Department of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov (1972) and holds Candidate of Sciences (PhD) degree in Biology The field of his professional interest is general and specialized issues related to the development of the Russian North.

Ksenia Durova is professional translator. She graduated from the Institute of the Countries of Asia and Africa at the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov in 2008 and obtained Master Degree at the Wisconsin-Madison University in 2010. She is dealing with professional translation of scientific and belletristic texts. Her translations were published by such publishers as Rossica: International Review of Russian Culture (2007).

Tatyana Isaeva is Candidate of Sciences (PhD) in Culturology, Vice-Director for Research of the Surgut Museum of Local History.

Andrey Krivoshapkin is national writer of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). In 1970 he was awarded honours diploma by the Leningrad State Pedagogical University named after A.I. Herzen. He is Candidate of Sciences (PhD) in Sociology and Academician of the Academy of the Northern Forum. Since 1994 he had been Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and permanent representative of the State Assembly (Il Tumen) of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Since March 2008 he has been Deputy Chair of the State Assembly (Il Tumen) of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). His writings had been published since 1962. The first book Opo in the Evenk language was published in 1969. Other publications include the stories Reindeer of My Childhood and Uimkans Head to the North, novels The Bank of Fortune, Golden Reindeer, Reindeer People, etc.

Igor Krupnik is Curator of Arctic and Northern Collections at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, USA). He graduated from the Geography Department of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov in 1973 and holds the degree of Doctor in Biology. He was involved in ethnographic research in eastern Chukotka in 1971–1996. Since 1991 he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in indigenous communities in Alaska. The fields of his professional interests are cultural anthropology and traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples of the North.

Olga Murashko is Researcher at the Research Institute and Anthropology Museum named after D.N. Anuchin. She graduated from the Ethnography Chair at the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov in 1973. She has been involved in the ethnographical research of the peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East, field research in Yakutia. Buryatia, Kamchatka, Nenets and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs. Her professional interests include traditional knowledge, cultures and subsistence systems of the indigenous peoples of the North in the past and in present time.

Andrew Wiget is Professor Emeritus at New Mexico State University, where he was Director of The New Mexico Heritage Center, and worked for 20 years with American Indian tribes. He is a specialist in the comparative ethnology of the indigenous peoples of Siberia and North America. He currently lives in Moscow, Russia with his wife, Olga Balalaeva, with whom he coauthored Khanty, People of the Taiga: Surviving the Twentieth Century (2010), based on their twenty years of Siberian ethnographic fieldwork together.

Anatoly Savvinov is Senior Researcher at the Institute of the Humanities and the Problems of Minority Peoples of the North of the Siberian Brach of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Yakutsk). He holds Candidate of Science (PhD) Degree in History. Since 1988 he has been regularly running field research at Taymyr and in Evenkiya. He initiated several expedition projects in Siberia (Chukotka, Taymyr, Evekiya, Tyva, Mountainous Altai). The areas of his professional interests include ethnical history, traditional culture, culture and contemporary processes in Siberian ethnic communities.

Olga Starodubova is Senior Researcher at the Department of Archaeology, Ethnography and Natural Sciences Research of the Surgut Museum of Local History.

Kirill Struchkov holds the degree of Candidate of Science (PhD) in Phylology. He is Researcher at the Section of Evenk Phylology of Institute of the Humanities and the Problems of Minority Peoples of the North of the Siberian Brach of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Yakutsk).

Vyacheslav Shadrin is Researcher of the Section of Arctic Studies of the Institute of the Humanities and the Problems of Minority Peoples of the North of the Siberian Brach of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Yakutsk). He is Chair of the Council of Elders of the Yukagir People and Vice-President of the Association of the Indigenous Minority Peoples of the North of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). He graduated from the History Department of the Yakutsk State University named after M.K. Ammosov in 1995. His professional interests include traditional ecological ethics of the indigenous peoples of Yakutia, environment protection, climate changes and adaptation of indigenous peoples of the North, and preservation of cultural heritage.

Victoria Sharakhmatova is Assistant professor of the Chairs of Economics and Management of the Far Eastern Branch of the All-Russia Academy of External Trade of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Kamchatka State Technical University (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky). She graduated from the All-Russia Academy of External Trade and holds the degree of Candidate of Sciences (PhD) in Economics. She has been studying the problems of social and economic development of the indigenous peoples of the North since 1996. Professional interests: economic assessment of the territory of traditional nature use, development of production, property, distribution of exchange and consumption, as well as traditional knowledge of the indigenous peoples of the North and co-management of natural resources.

Project Coordinator


Svetlana Knyazeva, UNESCO IITE

Support Team


Evgeniya Khegay

Nadezhda Volpyan

Multimedia


LLC “Kirill and Mefodii”

LLC Infostudio “ECON”

Special gratitude for the support in implementation of the project


The Association of World Reindeer Herders, Commission for UNESCO of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Department of Indigenous Minority Peoples of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Assembly of the Representatives of the Native Minority Peoples of the North, KhMAO-Yugra Duma, Media Center of the Yugan Khanty Native Community Association "Yaoun-Yakh".