[INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF RUSSIA] Tenemi: Povest’ iz zhizni chukchei [i.e. Tenemi: A Novel of Chukchi Life]. N. Galkin.
[INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF RUSSIA] Tenemi: Povest’ iz zhizni chukchei [i.e. Tenemi: A Novel of Chukchi Life]
[INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF RUSSIA] Tenemi: Povest’ iz zhizni chukchei [i.e. Tenemi: A Novel of Chukchi Life]
[INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF RUSSIA] Tenemi: Povest’ iz zhizni chukchei [i.e. Tenemi: A Novel of Chukchi Life]
[INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF RUSSIA] Tenemi: Povest’ iz zhizni chukchei [i.e. Tenemi: A Novel of Chukchi Life]

[INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF RUSSIA] Tenemi: Povest’ iz zhizni chukchei [i.e. Tenemi: A Novel of Chukchi Life]

Moscow: Molodaia gvardiia, 1932. Item #1279

144 pp.: ill., map. 19,5x13 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Fragments of spine lost, covers chipped, some soiling, otherwise very good.
The second enlarged edition with a map of the Chukchi peninsula. One of 10 000 copies.
Design was produced by artist Lev Sychev (1911-1990). Despite being born in St Petersburg, he spent childhood in the Far East (Sakhalin, Vladivostok, Chita) where his father served during the Civil war. There young Sychev observed the life and manners of local people and drew whatever he saw. In 1921, Sychev took part in a Chita exhibition of children’s art, presenting his drawing ‘Chinese Greengrocer’. In 1926, he independently came to Moscow where he attended the private art studio of M. Leblan. In 1933, Sychev became the author of the first drawn film strip in the Soviet Union: for the studio ‘Diafil’m’ he produced two series of drawings on the topic “The history of the class struggle in China from ancient times to the present day” and wrote all corresponding texts. Later Sychev proceeded to study Chinese culture, producing filmstrips based on Asian tales, as well as illustrations for Oriental tale books.
This 1930s juvenile novel enlightened young readers about small-numbered people living far away from capitals and the European part of the Soviet Union – on the Chukchi Peninsula. Such novels and tales highlighted differences between industrialized Soviet people and indigenous (often nomadic) peoples whose traditional life slowly changed since the 1920s. The texts described the pre-revolutionary period or the time of changes itself. Apart from illustrations, this edition is supplemented with the map indicating settlements of the Chukchi peninsula, the Bering Strait and Alaska that were mentioned in the novel.

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