The last book (for now) is titled Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the Invisible Arctic by the Canadian geographer, writer, speaker: James Raffan.
I found this book riveting ... it's about the four million people in eight countries, speaking dozens of languages and representing almost as many indigenous ethnicities.
|Yamalo Nenets -|
It highlights that we (in the middle latitudes - as Raffan describes it) may be worrying about climate change - but they (the indigenous peoples) are concerned about their loss of language, cultural decay, loss of land - which we purport to own - yet they have travelled and accessed those lands for millennia ... their lands are their home - their soul ...
|Nomadic Nenets - reindeer hunters|
I made lots of notes ... but as I was leant this book - I need to get my own copy ... that says it all really.
Raffan decides to circumnavigate the globe at 66.6 degrees latitude: the Arctic Circle. He is Canadian, but starts his journey in Iceland, and on via Norway, Sweden, Finland, various places across Russia, over to Alaska and then into Canada ...
... this is where having read Island of the Blue Foxes, as mentioned in part 2, was really helpful ... I had some notion about Siberia ... and now recognise some of the names.
Yes, I have other books on the go ... but I thought you'd be interested to know about these ... back to normal posts in the future - but more books will follow anon!
The Yamalo Nenets Autonomous Region - Russia's most important source of Natural Gas ...
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