Accepted paper:

Commercial hunting of the indigenous people in the Russian Far East: the change of their hunting strategy and techniques

Author:

Shiro Sasaki

Paper short abstract:

The indigenous people in the Russian Far East has a long history of the commercial hunting for the fur bearing animals. I will discuss what elements induced the change of their hunting and what parts of the hunting they tried to protect with every effort.

Paper long abstract:

The indigenous people in the Russian Far East (the Nanai, Udehe, Ulcha, and Nivkh) has a long history of the commercial hunting for the fur bearing animals (sable, ermine, weasel, otter, lynx, and fox). As far as historical documents tell us, they have engaged since the thirteenth century. They have experienced some drastic changes of its conditions since the nineteenth century. The first one was caused by the change of the ruler (from the Qing dynasty to Imperial Russia) in 1860. The second one was seen in the 1960s and 70s, during which the Soviet government conducted an important reform of the collective farms. And the third one was induced by the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Every time the hunters changed their strategy, took new techniques and technology, and adapted themselves to the new conditions. I will discuss what elements induced the change of their hunting and what parts of the hunting they tried to protect with every effort.

panel P051
Hunting, animal welfare, and defence against wildlife attack (NME panel)