Ways of speaking are not limited to specific narratives, which the local villagers share, as is the case of the story presented by Marina Ivanovna, but also encompass different genres and structural features of the Vepsian language. Both mecživatad and kodiživatad can display an odd behaviour, such as making an appearance in the village, despite being usually located in the forest, and this prompts Vepsian villagers to engage either with a certain genre and structural feature of their heritage language or in a narrative that is often highly politicized and expressed in the Russian language. Veps, a Finno-Ugric minority in the Russian Federation, live in a Northwest Russian territory that they share with other nationalities, such as Russians, Karelians and Ingrians. The mecživatad are supposed to dwell in the forest and not to gain territory in the area inhabited by humans and kodiživatad.
|Title of host publication||Managing the Return of the Wild|
|Subtitle of host publication||Human Encounters with Wolves in Europe|
|Editors||Michaela Fenske, Bernhard Tschofen|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Submitted - 2017|
Siragusa, L. (2020). Ways of speaking, responsibility, and the animals ‘of the forest’ in north-western Russia. Manuscript submitted for publication. In M. Fenske, & B. Tschofen (Eds.), Managing the Return of the Wild: Human Encounters with Wolves in Europe Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351127783