Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Award# 0631321)

PI: Yamin-Pasternak, Sveta (syamin@alaska.edu)
Phone: (907) 474.6758 
Institute/Department: U of Alaska, Fairbanks, Department of Anthropology 
IPY Project? NO
Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\PPD
Program Manager: Dr. Anna Kerttula (akerttul@nsf.gov)
Discipline(s): | Social and Human Sciences\Ethnomycology |

Project Web Site(s):
Media: http://beringiapark.ru/?id=39&right=news
Blog: http://polarfield.com/?s=rediscovering+tastefully+...
NSF_Award_Info: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardN...

Science Summary:
This Polar Postdoctoral Fellowship allows the PI to carry out a wide-ranging program in the anthropology of food among the arctic native people. The program encompasses archival research, ethnographic fieldwork in the Russian Far East, seminar participation at the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies, writing workshops, and a reading course, integrated within a study plan, to be carried out in the Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University and at the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution. Based on prior ethnographic fieldwork in the Bering Strait, the work promises to reintegrate northern anthropology, by identifying common webs of significance that connect this work to other disciplines and inquiries conducted outside the circumpolar North, as well as by strengthening relationships with host communities in Chukotka and Alaska.

Logistics Summary:
This post-doc fellowship supports the PI's research in ethnography and ethnology in order to expand the inquiry on methods, meanings, and history of the harvest and consumption of wild mushrooms among the Yupik, Chukchi, and settler populations in far eastern Russia. From mid-July to early August 2008, the PI will conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Chukotka. Research includes making public presentations and eliciting community feedback on research to date; following up with key informants in Sireniki, Novoe Chaplino, Provideniya, Lavrentiya documenting the mushroom harvest in the context of wider ethnography of food in contemporary Chukotka; interacting with the participants of the cooking contest, who come from the coastal villages all along the Chukchi Peninsula to take part in the Regional Native Cultures Festival “Ergaf” in Lavrentiya, and documenting the food tables and cooks representing each village is especially important. The PI will return in 2009 and 2010 for continued fieldwork in Chukotka. The logistics support for the 2009 Chukotka work will be combined with that for the Alessa-led water project (0755966), in which the PI will participate as a field-team member. For 2010, the PI will spend about three weeks in Chukotka in May, beginning and ending in Provideniya. She will travel variously by fixed-wing airplane or truck, depending on accessibility. The PI will present a paper at the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VI) in Nuuk, Greenland (IPY #416).

Chukotka Science Support Group will arrange the required support for work in Russia, to include transportation and fees for services in Chukotka, including ATV, barge, ship, and truck costs; fuel; freight; guide services; lodging and per diem; and communications. CPS will pay for this support via subcontract with CSSG.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2008Russia - Lavrentiya07 / 15 / 2008 08 / 05 / 20081
2008Russia - New Chaplino07 / 15 / 2008 08 / 05 / 20081
2008Russia - Provideniya07 / 15 / 2008 08 / 05 / 20081
2008Russia - Sireniki07 / 15 / 2008 08 / 05 / 20081
2009Russia - Enmelen08 / 15 / 2009 10 / 30 / 20091
2009Russia - New Chaplino08 / 15 / 2008 10 / 30 / 20081
2009Russia - Nunligran08 / 15 / 2009 10 / 30 / 20091
2009Russia - Provideniya0
2009Russia - Sireniki08 / 15 / 2009 10 / 30 / 20091
2009Russia - Yanrakynnot0
2010Alaska - Nome05 / 24 / 2010 05 / 24 / 20101
2010Russia - New Chaplino05 / 06 / 2010 05 / 16 / 20101
2010Russia - Provideniya05 / 20 / 2010 05 / 20 / 20101
 


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