chukchi

 

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03.06.18
chukchi

The Chukchi is the largest native nation (approx. 15.000 people) in the Northern Pacific Asian region. Currently they live on a large territory between the Bering Strait and the Kolyoma river valley, in the Siberian hinterland, extending along both coastlines of the Artic and the Pacific oceans, in north eastern Asia. Their name was given to them by the Russians, who also gave the same name to the peninsula of Chukchi, at the Chukchi Sea, within the independent area of Chukchi and the district of Chukchi, in front of Alaska. The Russian name Chukchi originates from the word “Chukchi Chauchu” (plenty of reindeers). The Reindeer men use this word to stand out from people who live along the coast, usually named Anqallyt (people from the sea). Although these people originally were Siberian indigenous people, it seems as if the Chukchi arrived to the Bering Strait after the Eskimos. The anthropologists date back to ancient Siberian inhabitants in the hinterland and along the coast, around the northern Okhotsk sea, about one thousand miles from the Bering Strait. Their closest relatives are the Koryaks from northern Kamchatka, with similar look, language and historic traditions.

 

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