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Storytelling in Siberia: The Olonkho Epic in a Changing World

Robin P. Harris


Significant historical, global, and political forces of the Soviet period undermined the performance practice of the Sakha olonkho epic in northeastern Siberia, impairing the potential for sustainability of this ancient song-story tradition. This book documents how the Sakha people have leveraged UNESCO’s 2005 proclamation of this genre as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in their attempts to revitalize its performance practice. Foregrounding Sakha narratives, this case study examines the forces leading to the decline of olonkho during the Soviet era and the fact ... More

Keywords: epic, Siberia, sustainability, UNESCO, intangible heritage, Soviet, revitalization, identity, transmission, resilience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041280
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin P. Harris, author