River Stars Reindeer: Imaging Evenki & Orochen communities of Inner Mongolia & Siberia

Jocelyn Dudding (Creator), Tanya Argounova-Low (Creator)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


One hundred years ago the Russian ethnographer, Sergei Shirokogoroff and his wife Elizabeth, were invited to the snowforests of the Amur River to study the indigenous Evenki and Orochen peoples. In 1929 Cambridge anthropologist and explorer, Ethel John Lindgren, and her soon to be husband Oscar Mamen, went in search of these ‘ little-known tribes’ which were considered to be ‘fast dying out’. Together they amassed a considerable collection of 26,000 culturally and historically important photographs, the majority of which have never been seen, until now.
In collaboration with Evenki and Orochen communities and scholars in Russia and China, the Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology (University of Cambridge), and the MAE (Kunstkamera), St Petersburg, as caretakers of Shirokogoroff and Lindgren’s photographic collections, are working to share these photographs with the people of Inner Mongolia and Siberia. From the excitement of recognising faces, to the beauty of the reindeer, or the heated debates about what is happening in the photographs, this evocative exhibition is about the reconnection of these communities with their images, their histories, and their stories.
The digital collection is based on the exhibition held at The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, United Kingdom, from 23 June – 27 September 2015.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

A series of exhibitions of rare digitized glass plate photographs of Evenki and Orochen peoples displayed in over 15 locations in Cambridge, St. Petersburg, Aviemore, Beijing, Hailar with approximately 130,000 visitors in total


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