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The Yuribei River bisects the High Arctic Peninsula of Yamal forming alternately a resource and a natural barrier to human movement. Its high sandy banks have created a dwelling space for mobile hunters and reindeer herders for thousands of years. This paper combines insights from ethnography, archaeology and environmental sciences to describe the many different modalities of human and animal dwelling at Yarte - an ensemble of sandy hills and lakes in mid-Yamal. For scientists, the constantly eroding banks of the river provide both a marker of human/animal action as well as a moralistic maker of anthropogenitic "impact". For local Nenetses, a competing moral narrative traces the emergence of underground forces onto the middle plain where humans live today. This paper contrasts the shifting moral narratives at this site with reference to the contemporary challenges of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
EventSocieté Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress - Göttingen, Germany
Duration: 26 Mar 201730 Mar 2017

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ConferenceSocieté Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress
CountryGermany
CityGöttingen
Period26/03/1730/03/17

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Anderson, D. G., Milek, K. B., & Harrault, L. C. P. (2017). Shifting Sands and Climate Change: Modalities of Dwelling at Yarte, Yamal, Siberia. Paper presented at Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress, Göttingen, Germany. https://doi.org/10.22582/SIEF2017prg

Shifting Sands and Climate Change : Modalities of Dwelling at Yarte, Yamal, Siberia. / Anderson, David George; Milek, Karen Beatrice; Harrault, Loïc Charles Pierre.

2017. Paper presented at Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress, Göttingen, Germany.

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Anderson, DG, Milek, KB & Harrault, LCP 2017, 'Shifting Sands and Climate Change: Modalities of Dwelling at Yarte, Yamal, Siberia' Paper presented at Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress, Göttingen, Germany, 26/03/17 - 30/03/17, . https://doi.org/10.22582/SIEF2017prg
Anderson DG, Milek KB, Harrault LCP. Shifting Sands and Climate Change: Modalities of Dwelling at Yarte, Yamal, Siberia. 2017. Paper presented at Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress, Göttingen, Germany. https://doi.org/10.22582/SIEF2017prg
Anderson, David George ; Milek, Karen Beatrice ; Harrault, Loïc Charles Pierre. / Shifting Sands and Climate Change : Modalities of Dwelling at Yarte, Yamal, Siberia. Paper presented at Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress, Göttingen, Germany.
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