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Evenks in Documentary Films of the 1920s–1980s: Soviet Biography of a Nation

[Evenki v dokumental’nom kino 1920–1980-kh godov: sovetskaia biografiia naroda]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954152305007X


Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 17.07.2023

Accepted: 05.09.2023

About author(s)

Vladimir Klyaus | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8147-3090 | v.klyaus@mail.ru | Russian State University for the Humanities (6 Miusskaya sq., 125993, Moscow, GSP-3, Russia) | A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences (Povarskaya St. 25a, 121069, Moscow, Russia)


Evenks, documentary, biography of nation, cinema anthropology, transformation of traditional way of life


The article discusses documentary films about the Evenks, created in the 1920s–1980s: “Tungus”, “Evenk Autonomous Okrug”, “Evenk Spring”, “Yukta – the Source”, and others. These films fully reflect the biography of the Evenk people, changes in their economic, social, and cultural spheres that entered their lives from the early years of Soviet power. The documentary films allow us to trace the stages of these changes and the evolution of society’s attitude towards them. In addition, the article contains the author’s conclusions regarding the nature of the socio-economic situation of the Evenk people in the areas where he conducted fieldwork in 1994–2021.

Funding Information

Russian Science Foundation, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100006769 [grant number 21-18-00495]


Klyaus, V.L. 2023. Evenki v dokumental’nom kino 1920–1980-kh godov: sovetskaia biografi ia naroda [Evenks in Documentary Films of the 1920s–1980s: Soviet Biography of a Nation]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 5: 99–110. https://doi.org/10.31857/S086954152305007X EDN: YECGUS

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