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Huusko, S. (2020) The Representation of the Evenkis and the Evenki Culture by a Local Community Museum. Sibirica, 19 (2), 77-98. doi:10.3167/sib.2020.190205

The representation of the Evenkis and the Evenki culture by a local community museum

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Author: Huusko, Svetlana1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Berghahn Books, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-14


This article focuses on the representations of Evenkis and their culture in a local museum in Nizhneangarsk, Russia. The article uses the elements of critical discourse analysis to highlight the interplay between the real, imaginary, and ideological. The article explores how museum representations of the Evenkis and the Evenki culture create the ideological construction of the nature of the Evenkis and reproduce ethnic hierarchies in the region. The article examines the discursive strategies, rhetoric and meaning of texts, and the events presented by the museum’s exhibitions. The article shows how the museum creates the nature of the Evenkis as external others, primitive folk, in contrast to the Evenkis as internal others, citizens of the contemporary Russian society, in its attempts to shape local identities.

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Series: Sibirica
ISSN: 1361-7362
ISSN-E: 1476-6787
ISSN-L: 1361-7362
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Pages: 77 - 98
DOI: 10.3167/sib.2020.190205
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
Funding: The fieldwork conducted for this article in 2016 was financially supported by Öflunds Stiftelse sr.
Copyright information: © The Author(s) 2020.