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“Humboldt did not disregard Siberia's cultural diversity”
Foto: Ana Morosowa, Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk
Irina Oktjabrskaja, Nowosibirsk“Humboldt truly did not disregard cultural diversity in his writings, in the research he carried out here in Siberia. On his voyage he encountered many people mentioned in his writings. They still exist today on the ethnographic maps of modern Russia. They are Bashkirs, Kalmyks, Tatars, Woguls, Samoyeds, Khanties, Mansians, Nenets - in the 20th century they changed their names and then returned to their original names, the way they had originally called themselves. Today there are 45 indigenous minorities in Russia”.
Irina Oktjabrskaja is a historian, ethnographer, ethnologist and works at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Siberia as well as a professor at the University of Novosibirsk and deputy Chair of the Novosibirsk Department of the Russian Geographical Society.