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.
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2017|
|Event||Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress - Göttingen, Germany|
Duration: 26 Mar 2017 → 30 Mar 2017
|Conference||Societé Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF) 13th Congress|
|Period||26/03/17 → 30/03/17|
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