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Soul Hunters: Hunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs

Rane Willerslev


This is an insightful, highly original ethnographic interpretation of the hunting life of the Yukaghirs, a little-known group of indigenous people in the Upper Kolyma region of northeastern Siberia. Basing this study on firsthand experience with Yukaghir hunters, the text focuses on the practical implications of living in a “hall-of-mirrors” world—one inhabited by humans, animals, and spirits, all of whom are understood to be endless mimetic doubles of one another. In this world, human beings inhabit a betwixt-and-between state in which their souls are both substance and nonsubstance, both bod ... More

Keywords: hunting life, Yukaghirs, Upper Kolyma, northeastern Siberia, hunters, spirits, soul, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520252165
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rane Willerslev, author