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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,View more
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