A Story of Nerpa: Indigenous People and Baikal Seals in Eastern Siberia
The Russian Area Studies program presents a lecture by Dr. Tatiana Nomokonova, research assistant at the University of Alberta, on Lake Baikal archaeology. The sacred sea of Siberia, Lake Baikal, is home to the world’s only wholly freshwater seal, known locally as nerpa. This animal has had meaningful relationships with indigenous groups living on the lake’s shores, both in the present and in the far distant past. Images of the Baikal seal are present in rock art panels, and bones of nerpa have been found at habitation sites, human cemeteries, and sites of sacrificial offerings, the earliest of which is at least 10,000 years old. Importantly, hunting for nerpa remains a living tradition at Lake Baikal, where seal hunters and their families strive to maintain their relationships with their quarry by staying in good standing with the spiritual master and other local spirits, and through hunting, cooking, consuming, and sharing parts from this unique animal.
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Generously supported by the Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28 Fund.
Dr. Tatiana Nomokonova
Feb 4–Feb 6, Feb 9, Feb 11, Feb 13The Spanish and Portuguese Film Festival
This film festival focuses on themes of memory, political violence, race, gender, sexuality, immigration, and democracy. All films are in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or indigenous languages, with English subtitles.Event Date:Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, February 6, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Sunday, February 9, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Thursday, February 13, 2020 (All day)
Mar 8, 7:30 PMVisions of Paradise: Tchaikovsky’s <em>String Quartet No. 2</em>
In the intimate setting of the musical salon, the group will explore the background and historical context of this masterpiece and trace its important musical ideas before performing the piece in its entirety.Event Date:Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 7:30pm
Mar 17, 3:30 PMThe Legacy of Whiteness in Multiracial Ireland and Irish America
Are immigrants as welcome in Ireland as citizens claim? Newhouse Fellow Sarah Townsend unearths the secret history of Irish-American assimilation that haunts race relations in Ireland today.Event Date:Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 3:30pm
Feb 24, 4:30 PM