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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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CHAPTER V
NOSONOVSKI PESOK AND THE SAMOYEDES
Native tribes along the Yenisei : The Samoyedes and their
history : Visit to Yenisei-Samoyedes : Position of women :
Christianity and idol-worship : How to clean a tent : Appear
ance of natives : A drunken prince : Honesty : A " convent "
with monks and nuns : Yenisei fisheries : Fish, their migrations
and growth : Fishing tackle and the condition of the
fishermen
ONE of the things that tempted me most on this
trip was the opportunity I hoped it would
afford of seeing some of the numerous primitive peoples
of Siberia at close quarters. There is always some
thing very attractive about primitive peoples, and the
more primitive they are, the stronger the attraction ;
and in this extraordinary country there are numbers
of them that are still comparatively little known,
strange as it may seem.
Here, going up the Yenisei, before wc come to
Yeniseisk, wc have races enough : first the so-called
Yenisei-Samoyedes—then Yuraks, another branch of
the Samoyedes—then, between the Yenisei and the
Obi, Ostiak-Samoyedes—then, westward in the direction
of the Obi, Ostiaks, who are a Finno-Ugrian stem—then,
on the east side of the Yenisei, Dolgans—then that
mysterious people, the Yenisei-Ostiaks, quite different
from the others and probably a last remnant of a great
and mighty people that once occupied vast tracts
of Siberia—then the widely distributed Tunguses—

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