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Long Night at the Vepsian Museum : The Forest Folk of Northern Russia and the Struggle for Cultural

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This book takes readers to the village of Sheltozero in northern Russia. It highlights a tiny community of indigenous people called Veps, known colloquially as "the forest folk" for their intense closeness and affiliation with the forests in their ancestral territories. Davidov uses a tour of the local museum to introduce a cast of human and non-human characters from traditional Vepsian culture, while journeying through various eras under Russian, Finnish, Soviet, and post-Soviet rule. In the process, she explores how contemporary political struggles mesh with traditional beliefs, illustrating how Veps make meaning of their history and unfolding future.

A documentary entitled Museum Night is available for instructors who wish to incorporate it into their teaching.

Number of Pages: 130
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Ethnology
Series Title: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr Higher education
Author: Veronica Davidov
Language: English
Street Date: November 16, 2017
TCIN: 53229357
UPC: 9781442636187
Item Number (DPCI): 248-57-5772
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