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Yupik Transitions

Change and Survival at Bering Strait, 1900 - 1960

by Krupnik, Igor

Chlenov, Michael

The Siberian Yupik people have endured centuries of change and repression, starting with the Russian Cossacks in 1648 and extending into recent years. The twentieth century brought especially formidable challenges, including the forced relocation by Russian authorities and a Cold War “ice curtain” that cut off the Yupik people on the mainland region of Chukotka from those on St. Lawrence Island. Yet throughout this all, the Yupik have managed to maintain their culture and identity. Igor Krupnik and Michael Chlenov spent more than thirty years studying this resilience through original fieldwork. In Yupik Transitions they present a compelling portrait of a tenacious people and place in transition—a portrait all the more needed as the fast pace of the newest century finally threatens to erase their way of life for good.

Everyone will find their own special interest in this comprehensive history. . . . The interweaving of personal stories, memories, and impingement of events from the ‘outside’ world makes this Yupik history a thrilling read as well as a rich scholarly contribution to Anthropology and northern Studies.

Arctic Studies Center Newsletter

A momentous treatise, Yupik Transitions offers a mov­ing (emotionally and through time) depiction of a one-off social system.


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