John Ziker is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a former Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
The Taimyro region of Siberia is twice the size of California. A small number of ethnic groups inhabit the region, and their indigenous languages are fast disappearing. Among these communities is the Dolgan people of whom there are but 8000 members, and only half of them speak the native tongue. John Ziker is a cultural anthropologist devoted to the preservation of the Dolgan language and culture. He explains what is at stake.