The Dukha are a small group of nomadic reindeer herders and hunters who live in northern Mongolia in the north-western section of Hovsgol Province, an area characterized by its forests, rivers, lakes and abundant wildlife, as well as by its remoteness.
The Baka people, who live in Dja reserve in Cameroon maintain their lives by hunting and gathering in the forests they live. They rely on the forest for their basic needs; hunting wild game and collecting plants, fruits and nuts from the forest.
NEW BOOK (June 2021)
Examining human-animal relations among the reindeer hunting and herding Dukha community in northern Mongolia, this book focuses on concepts such as domestication and wildness from an indigenous perspective. By looking into hunting rituals and herding techniques, the ethnography questions the dynamics between people, domesticated reindeer, and wild animals. It focuses on the role of the spirited landscape which embraces all living creatures and acts as a unifying concept at the center of the human and non-human relations.
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BOOK REVIEW by Alex Oehler
In this video I talk about a new book by Selcen Küçüküstel who is a social anthropologist with a background in photo journalism. While she provides a superb perspective on the lives of Dukha herder-hunters in Mongolia, the fact that she is a woman also allows her to have unique insight into what happens when all the men have gone to the forest.
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