This a much-welcome addition to the modern English-language reference library on Siberian indigeus people and the first book-size effort to address their plight and status from the perspective of the Russian archival statistical and documentary records of the early 1900s. It is an outcome of a monumental collaborative project. * Igor Krupnik, Smithsonian Institution In 1926/27 the Soviet Central Statistical Administration initiated several yearlong expeditions to gather primary data on the whereabouts, ecomy and living conditions of all rural peoples living in the Arctic and sub-Arctic at the end of the Russian civil war. Due partly to the enthusiasm of local geographers and ethgraphers, the Polar Census grew into a massive ethlogical exercise, gathering t only basic demographic and ecomic data on every household but also a rich archive of photographs, maps, kinship charts, narrative transcripts and museum artifacts. To this day, it remains one of the most comprehensive surveys of a rural population anywhere. The contributors to this volume - all ted scholars in their region - have conducted long-term fieldwork with the descendants of the people surveyed in 1926/27. This volume is the culmination of eight years' work with the primary record cards and was supported by a number of national scholarly funding agencies in the UK, Canada and Norway. It is a unique historical, ethgraphical analysis and of immense value to scholars familiar with these communities' contemporary cultural dynamics and legacy.
David G. Andersonis Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and leads a research group on comparative indigenous studies at the University of TromsA , Norway. He researches the history and ethnography of the circumpolar Arctic and has conducted fieldwork in Eastern Siberia (Taimyr, Evenkiia, Zabaikal'e), the Russian North (Kola), Northern Norway, and in Canada's Mackenzie Delta. His current research is on the different visions of history among settler states and aboriginal peoples and how this is linked to the growing debate on indigenous rights. His publications include Identity and Ecology in Arctic Siberia (Oxford University Press), and two co-edited books, Ethnographies of Conservation and Cultivating Arctic Landscapes (Berghahn Books).