Yupik Transitions

Change and Survival at Bering Strait, 1900-1960

Igor Krupnik and Michael Chlenov

Yupik Transitions

Igor Krupnik and Michael Chlenov

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

400 pages | 7 x 10 | © 2013
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781602232167 Published November 2013
E-book $7.00 to $60.00 ISBN: 9781602232174 Published November 2013
The Siberian Yupik people have endured centuries of change and repression, starting with the Russian Cossacks in 1648 and extending into recent years. The twentieth century brought especially formidable challenges, including forced relocation by Russian authorities and a Cold War “ice curtain” that cut off the Yupik people on the mainland region of Chukotka from those on St. Lawrence Island. Yet throughout all this, the Yupik have managed to maintain their culture and identity. Igor Krupnik and Michael Chlenov spent more than thirty years studying this resilience through original fieldwork. In Yupik Transitions, they present a compelling portrait of a tenacious people and place in transition—an essential portrait as the fast pace of the newest century threatens to erase their way of life forever. 

1.  Contact-Traditional Society, 1900-1923

2.  The “Olden Times,” 1850-1900

3.  The Yupik Social System: A Model

4.  Along the Shores of Yupik Land in Asia

5.  Community Affairs

6.  Family and Kinship

7.  “Upstreaming”: Lifetime of the Yupik Social System

8.  The New Life Begins, 1923-1933

9.  Collective Farm Era, 1933-1955

10.  The End of “Eskimo Land,” 1955-1960






Review Quotes
Arctic Studies Center
“Everyone will find their own special interest in this comprehensive history. . . . The interweaving of personal stories, memories, and impingement of events from the ‘outside’ world makes this Yupik history a thrilling read as well as a rich scholarly contribution to Anthropology and northern Studies.”
“A momentous treatise, Yupik Transitions offers a moving (emotionally and through time) depiction of a one-off social system.”
Michael Krauss, University of Alaska
“Igor Krupnik and Michael Chlenov have written the definitive history of the Chukotka Yupik people in the last century as no one else could, starting with living memory in 1971 and digging deep into local archives. onsidering their own personal contributions to that history and the politics involved, this is a heroic work in more ways than one. To Alaskans and readers everywhere, this book is invaluable.”
Native American and Indigenous Studies
“Using oral histories and archeological and documentary evidence from Russia and the United States while drawing on a substantial bibliography of secondary sources, ethnographers Igor Krupnik and Michael Chlenov have written a comprehensive historical account of Yupik social institutions.”
Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research
"This is a beautifully produced, extremely scholarly, yet highly readable work, written by two co-authors who have an intimate knowledge of their topic. . . . For present-day Yupik peoples it must represent a treasure trove of information on their history and culture. Although YupikTransitions is exemplary in the scholarship it displays, it is also beautifully written and eminently readable, and would be a most welcome addition to the bookshelf of anyone who has an interest in Arctic history and social organization in general, and the Chukotka Yupik in particular."
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