No dogs, no reindeer; no reindeer, no hunting: A multispecies perspective on hunting among the Tozhu reindeer herder-hunters in Siberia

Theme 1. Environmental protection
Session Name 1.11 Reindeer & caribou in the Arctic system: Interactions between environmental, social and biophysical processes
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Tayana Arakchaa (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA)
Abstract text

Understanding the methods used by Tozhu reindeer herder-hunters (Tyva Republic, Russia) in hunting is central to measuring their hunting success, as well as their ability to survive and thrive within the taiga environment. The story of early hunters begins with a remarkable achievement—the domestication of canids and ungulates. With the aid of reindeer and dogs, taiga hunters developed a successful hunting style by mimicking the hunting tactics of super predators—wolves. This paper examines hunting and herding activities through a multispecies lens and explores the interaction between humans and animals within the socio-cultural structure.

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