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Issue No:74
  • :August
  • :2016

Sandcastle

On an empty beach
in sunlight
I built my castle
the wind was my architect
together we sculpted
soft curves from the dunes
I found ribbons of seaweed
sprawling like handwriting
in the tideline of debris
washed from the sea of knowledge
with these I garlanded the walls
I made a roof from shells
that giggled stories about crabby hermits
and boring barnacles
someone has spilt black
tar on my castle
ink black sticky stains
that burn where they touch me
that burn
—Gabriellr Maughan

Russia

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

In the Country of Volcanoes

For the indigenous peoples of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the ‘fish province’ of the Russian Federation, fighting for their rights to access fishing resources is crucial


This article is by Dmitry Berezhkov (arctic.consult@yahoo.com), of Arctic Consult, Tromsø, Norway


There are 40 communities of indigenous peoples living in Russia who are labelled under Russian law as “Indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation”. This is a collective term for peoples with a population of fewer than 50,000 each, who inhabit two-thirds of the Russian territory in the Arctic and Asian parts of the country. The number of indigenous peoples of the Russian North is less than 0.2 per cent of the Russian population in total (approximately 250,000 to 300,000). Their traditional livelihood is based on fishing, hunting, reindeer husbandry and gathering. More than two-thirds of them continue to live in rural areas where these activities are still indispensable sources of food and income. Due to their traditional livelihoods, most of the indigenous peoples of the Russian North, especially those who preserve a nomadic way of life, need much more territory for subsistence than other...

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