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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
The Samoyed in their domestic and social life
Published By: Original publisher
Sanktpeterburg: Ministerstva Gosudarstvennykh Imushchest.
1847. HRAF ms: 1, 80 leaves ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Historical reconstruction (174);
Ownership and control of capital (471);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Ethnic stratification (563);
Pastoral activities (233);
Labor relations (466);
Division of labor by gender (462);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Purification and atonement (783);
Gender status (562);
Accumulation of wealth (556);
Heating and lighting equipment (354);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
In spite of the fact that this book was written more than a
century ago it contains remarkably correct and shrewd observations on an objective level
about the social and economic life of the Samoyeds. Islavin was sent to make these
observations as an official of the Russian Ministry of State Property. He visited the
Samoyeds of the Mezen, Kanin, Timan, and Bolshezemel tundras. In chapter one, following a
short introduction, he gives a brief but excellent topographical description of these
areas. In chapter two he gives an historical sketch of the settling of the tundras based on
data from documents, hitherto unpublished, in the possession of the Ministry. According to
these data it can be proved that the Samoyeds were the original settlers of this area. The
Zyrians settled around the Pechora River in 1627. This district is known as the Izhma
District. The Russians first arrived in 1667 and settled around Pustozersk. Chapter three
contains a vivid description of the domestic and economic life, reindeer breeding, hunting
and fishing activities and the corresponding working relations existing between three
groups; the Samoyeds, Zyrians, and Russians. This is a most interesting and important study
in acculturation well based on statistical evidence. Especially important are his data on
class formation based on wealth which is, in most cases, the number of reindeer. A study of
the methods used by the Zyrians and the Russians in exploiting the Samoyeds is also
significant. In his final chapter, he gives a brief but excellent description of the
religious life of the Samoyeds including both Christian and 'pagan' groups.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Component part(s), monograph
Language: Language that the document is written in
English translation from Russian
Romanized|Translation of: [Samoiedy v domashnem i
obschestvennom bytu]|The original Russian text is included in this database but it is not
indexed for subjects |Translated in part for the Cross-Cultural Survey, and for HRAF in
part by Sheldon Wise ca. 1953 Includes bibliographical references
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Stephen F. Borhegyi; 1953; Teferi A. Adem; 2011
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Russian North, Russia
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings