6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Endangered Communities? The Politics of Indigenous Peoples in Siberia

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In 2012, the Russian federal government suspended the main umbrella organization that defends the rights of indigenous peoples, RAIPON, Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and The Far East. In the past decade, the pace of Northern land claims and grabs related to the energy and mining industries has accelerated. Is there a correlation? This talk, based on long-term anthropological fieldwork, examines diverse levels of indigenous politics, ranging from cases of community devastation and assimilation to impressive cultural and social revitalization. The role of international organizations in defending indigenous rights is also analyzed.

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis. Please call on the day of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part of the building's security procedures.


  • Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer

    Former Title VIII-supported Research Scholar
    Research Professor, CERES and the Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University; Editor, Anthropology and Archeology of Eurasia