Results of the ethno-psychological expedition in Koryak Autonomous Area (August 2012)
Prof. Vladimir Serkin gave a talk on the results of the ethno-psychological expedition in Koryak Autonomous Area at the research seminar of the ILSCR on 27th September.
Ethnographic expedition was carried out by the administration of Kamchatka region on youth policy. The group of researchers investigated the indigenous people of the Far North (Koryak and Chukchi) and Russians living in the Koryak Autonomous Area. Prof. Serkin reviewed the major ethno-cultural characteristics of people in the Far North.
The main findings of the survey in villages and fishing sites were presented. In the large villages, a strong assimilation of Koryak and Chukchi with Russians teenagers in Russian schools was identified. In the smaller villages, the gender and age differences among local residents were identified: in the smaller villages children, preschoolers and primary school children, as well as middle-aged people, ranging from 40 years, mostly female, remain mainly. A strong tendency was found in attitudes of the inhabitants willing to emigrate to more hospitable and warm areas. For example, 90% Russian and more than half of indigenous people would like to go in the middle lane. There was also marked the transfer of a successful life scenario from the Russians to the local people.
At the end of the report, a lively discussion about the causes of emigration of Russian and indigenous peoples of the Far North, the problems of local people, the role of women in the family, the role of religion came among the participants of the seminar and the speaker. Prof. Serkin also answered questions about the future ethno-psychological studies in the Far North.
Photos from expedition