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About the Hearth: Perspectives on the Home, Hearth and Household in the Circumpolar North

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About the Hearth

Perspectives on the Home, Hearth and Household in the Circumpolar North

Edited by David G. Anderson, Robert P. Wishart, and Virginie Vaté

336 pages, 64 figures & illus., 6 tables, 8 maps, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-980-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (August 2013)

ISBN  978-1-78238-787-9 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (October 2015)

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“Each chapter offers something interesting for the reader...One can list bright and sometimes provocative ideas put forth by each contributor…The main advantage of this book is the ability to spark interest among the most diverse groups of specialists in the field of indigenous cultures.” · Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale

“…being packed with ethnographic, historical, and archaeological data, [this volume] can serve as an introduction to regional circumpolar studies as well as to Northern communities, past and present, indigenous or simply local.” · Laboratorium. Russian Review of Social Research

A very exciting book that addresses classical topics of anthropology of the North: housing, hearth and household, with a completely renewed approach. Chapters reconsider central issues in the study of material culture and social organization with a vivid ethnography and a compelling theoretical questioning.” · Charles Stépanoff, Sorbonne


Due to changing climates and demographics, questions of policy in the circumpolar north have focused attention on the very structures that people call home. Dwellings lie at the heart of many forms of negotiation. Based on years of in-depth research, this book presents and analyzes how the people of the circumpolar regions conceive, build, memorialize, and live in their dwellings. This book seeks to set a new standard for interdisciplinary work within the humanities and social sciences and includes anthropological work on vernacular architecture, environmental anthropology, household archaeology and demographics.

David G. Anderson is Professor of Anthropology and Chair in Anthropology of the North at the University of Aberdeen. He was the leader of the collaborative research project entitled BOREAS Homes, Hearths and Households in the Circumpolar North and is presently the PI of an ERC-funded advanced grant entitled Arctic Domestication: Emplacing Human-Animal Relations in the Circumpolar North. He is the author of a monograph on Taimyr Evenkis and Dolgans, and the editor or co-editor of several collections published by Berghahn Books, most recently, The 1926/27 Soviet Polar Census Expeditions (2011).

Robert P. Wishart is Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. His ethnographic work has been on the Gwich’in-Dene of the Mackenzie Delta in Northern Canada, with the Ojibwe of Ontario, and with Scottish fishers. He led an associated project on vernacular architecture in the Gwich’in settlement area for the HHH research consortium and is now a team member of the ERC funded project Arctic Domestication: Emplacing Human-Animal Relations in the Circumpolar North.

Virginie Vaté is an anthropologist, researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France. Since 1994, she has been doing research in Chukotka (Northeastern Siberia) and, since 2011, in Alaska. Within the ESF/BOREAS collaborative framework, she led an associated project on conversion to Christianity in Chukotka for the research program NEWREL (New religious Movements in the Russian North).

Other titles edited by David G. Anderson published by Berghahn Books: Ethnographies of Conservation: Environmentalism and the Distribution of Privilege (co-edited with Eeva Berglund)
Cultivating Artctic Landscapes: Knowing and Managing Animals in the Circumpolar North (co-edited with Mark Nuttall)
The 1926/27 Soviet Polar Census Expeditions

Subject: Anthropology (General) Archaeology Museum Studies Heritage Studies
Area: Circumpolar


List of Figures
List of Tables

Chapter 1. Building a Home for Circumpolar Architecture, an Introduction
Robert Wishart

Chapter 2. The Conical Lodge at the Centre of the Earth-Sky World
Tim Ingold

Chapter 3. Mobile Architecture, Improvisation, and Museum Practice: Revitalizing the Tłįcho Caribou Skin Lodge
Thomas D. Andrews

Chapter 4. Building Log Cabins in Teetł’it Gwich’in Country: Vernacular Architecture and Articulations of Presence
Robert Wishart and Jan Peter Laurens Loovers

Chapter 5.The Mobile Sámi Dwelling – From A Pastoral Necessity to an Ethno-political Master Paradigm
Ivar Bjørklund

Chapter 6. The Devitalisation and Revitalisation of Sámi Dwellings in Sweden
Hugh Beach

Chapter 7. Family matters: Representation of Swedish Sámi households at the turn of the nineteenth century
Isabelle Brännlund and Per Axelsson

Chapter 8. The Life Histories of Intergenerational Households in Northern Norway 1865-1900: Gender and Household Leadership
Hilde Sommerseth

Chapter 9. Hunters in Transition: Sámi Hearth Row Sites, Reindeer Economies, and the Organisation of Domestic Space AD 800-1300
Petri Halinen, Sven-Donald Hedman and Bjørnar Olsen

Chapter 10. Building a home for the hearth: An analysis of a Chukchi reindeer herding ritual
Virginie Vaté

Chapter 11. The Perception of the Built Environment by Permanent Residents, Seasonal In-Migrants and Casual Incomers in a Coastal Village in the Northwest of Russia
Maria Nakhshina

Chapter 12. The Hearth, the Home, and the Homeland: An Integrated Strategy for Memory Storage in Circumpolar Landscapes
Gerald A. Oetelaar, David G. Anderson, and Peter C. Dawson

Chapter 13.. The Fire Is Our Grandfather: Virtuous Practice and Narrative in Northern Siberia
John P. Ziker

Chapter 14. Home, Hearth and Household in the Circumpolar North
David G. Anderson

Notes on the Contributors

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