List of publications, presentations, and translations




The Phenomenon of Kinship: Prolegomena to Idenetic Theory. St.Petersburg: Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, Russian Academy of Sciences. 472 P. (in Russian). Available for purchase from Vladimir dot Popoff at kunstkamera dot ru.

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The Genius of Kinship: The Phenomenon of Human Kinship and the Global Diversity of Kinship Terminological Patterns. Youngstown, NY: Cambria Press. 450 P.



In Russian (Russian titles can be accessed here).


“Rededia-Uoredded-Uredev” (On a Mordvinian-Caucasian-Russian connection).” In Life, Death, Immortality: Materials of a Science Conference. Pp. 32-34. St. Petersburg: State Museum of the History of Religion.


“On the nature of social groups among the Northern Shoshone.” In The Discovery of America Continues 2. Pp. 110-122. St.Petersburg.

“Toward a typology of self-reciprocal kinship terminology.” In Africa: Problems of Transition to a Civil Society. Pp. 46-48. Moscow: Russian Academy of Sciences.


“‘Anomalous’ kinship systems: In search of structural parallels.” In Africa: Culture and Society (A Historical Aspect). Pp. 48-57. Moscow: Russian Academy of Sciences.

“A possible contribution to the cognitive culture of the Scythians.” In The Kurgan: Historico-Cultural Studies and Reconstructions. Pp. 36-39. St.Petersburg: St.Petersburg State University.

“Toward a structural paradigm of the Mordvinian wedding ritual.” In The Komi Permyaks and the Finno-Ugrian World. Pp. 107-108. Syktyvkar: Russian Academy of Sciences.

“Toward a structural paradigm of the Mordvinian wedding ritual. II.” In Key Problems of the Finno-Ugric Studies. Pp. 92-96. Yoshkar-Ola: Russian Academy of Sciences.

“Toward a systemic approach to the study of kinship.” In Kunstkamera 7. Pp. 89-102. St.Petersburg.

“On Nick Allen’s tetradic theory”. In Kinship Algebra 1. Pp. 58-62. St.Petersburg.

“The phenomenon of generational skewing in kinship systems.” In Kinship Algebra 1. Pp. 92-130. St.Petersburg.


“On the past practice of male initiations among the Mordvinians.” In Current Problems of High School and College Pedagogy: The Second Yesipov Readings. Pp. 82-84. Glazov.

“On the results of a field research among the Erzya Mordvinians of Samara Province in the summer of 1995.” In Samara Province: Ethnos and Culture 1. Pp. 23-26. Samara. Russian title can be accessed here.

“Prolegomena to a theory of ethnicity.” In Africa: Societies, Cultures, Languages (Problems of Theory and Methodology). Pp. 13-22. Moscow: Russian Academy of Sciences.


“The theme of dismemberment and the legends of Rededia.” In Lavrovian (Central Asian-Caucasian) Readings, 1994-1995. Pp. 30-32. St. Petersburg: Kunstkamera.

“The Caucasian associations of a Russian epic motif.” In Lavrovian (Central Asian-Caucasian) Readings, 1994-1995. Pp. 32-34. St. Petersburg: Kunstkamera.

“The kinship systems of Siberian peoples and the problem of a Paleo-Siberian substrate.” In The Culture of the Peoples of Siberia. Pp. 95-106. St. Petersburg: Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography.


“An annotated bibliography of scholarly publications on kinship, kinship systems and kinship terminological systems in the Russian language (with additional literature in the languages of the former Soviet Union) published in 1845-1995.” In Kinship Algebra 2. Pp. 214-283. St.Petersburg.

“A kin term and a kinship terminology system: Linguistic context in relation to ethnographic context.” In Kinship Algebra 2. Pp. 89-134. St.Petersburg.

“Russian Indianists: A Case of Double Identity?” In First Americans 2: 36-58.


“Indians Declared a War Against Indianists (On the Lakota Declaration of War Against the Exploiters of American Indian Spirituality).” In First Americans 3: 22-24.

“Unreciprocal terms, idenetics and the main types of kinship systems (in response to W. Wilder’s ‘On reciprocity in kinship systems’)”. In Kinship Algebra 4. Pp. 66-69. St.Petersburg.


“On the theory and methodology of the idenetic reconstruction of proto-kinship terminological systems.” In Kinship Algebra 5. Pp. 5-52. St.Petersburg.

“Theory and practice in comparativist research (in connection with the discussion on the idenetic reconstruction of proto-kinship terminological systems)”. In Kinship Algebra 5. Pp. 98-188. St.Petersburg.


“Once again on idenetics, comparative linguistics, and Indo-European kinship terms.” In Kinship Algebra 7. Pp. 66-136. St.Petersburg.


“The Northern Shoshone: The cycles of ethnosocial history, kin terminological systems, and ecological kinship.” In Kinship Algebra 9. Pp. 111-233. St.Petersburg.

“On the distributional analysis of kin terminologies.” In Kinship Algebra 9. Pp. 57-60. St. Petersburg.


“Huron,” “Gaelic,” “Guarani,” “Guyami,” “Guyaki,” “Guaicuru,” “Gurage,” “Gurung,” “Guahibo,” “Goajiro,” “Guambiano,” “Guanche,” “Gujarati,” “Hunzib,” “Jamshid,” “Jagga,” “Delaware,” “Dogon,” “Dongxiang,” “Duala,” “Dungan,” “Dholuo,” “Dani”, “Derbet,” “Durrani,” “Daur,” “Danes,” “Dafla,” “Dakota,” “Dargin,” “Dong,” “Dyula.” In The Great Russian Encyclopaedia. Moscow. (Paragraphs on kinship, social organization and ethnicity). Editor of the Ethnography/Anthropology division: E. V. Smirnitskaia.


“Toward the discussion of the problems with the study of kinship systems.” In Anthropologicheskij Forum 15: 33-51. St. Petersburg.

In English


“Towards the testing of the null hypothesis for the origins of Amerindians.” In Current Research in the Pleistocene. Vol. 17. Pp. 125-127. Corvallis, OR: Center for the Study of the First Americans.


“How American Indians and Russian Indians did not smoke the peace pipe.” In European Review of Native American Studies 17, no. 1: 1-6. Vienna, Austria.


“CASA graduate program flourishes: Successes of Ph.D. students promise great future for anthropology.” Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology Newsletter 6: 1-2. Stanford University. See uncensored version here.

“Reconstructing ‘our’ kinship terminology: Comments on the Indo-European material in A. V. Dybo’s and S. V. Kullanda’s The Nostratic terminology of kinship and affinity.” Kinship Algebra, No. 10.


“On the Co-Evolution of Kin Terms and Pronouns (Discussion of Bancel, Pierre, and Matthey de l`Etang, Where Do Personal Pronouns Come from?) Journal of Language Relationship 3: 140-144.


“Prolegomena to a Theory of Ethnicity,” paper presented at the 1st Conference in Memoriam of Dmitry A. Ol’derogge. February 22-24, 1995. St. Petersburg: Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography.

“Approaches to Ethnoaesthetics,” paper presented at the 1st Regional Conference of Young Scholars. Russian Museum of Ethnography, April 1-4, 1995, St.Petersburg, Russia.

“The Archaeology of Social Relations and Its Paradoxes: The Theory of the Historical Transformation of Kinship Terminologies Updated,” paper presented at the plenary session of the 14th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, July 26-August 1, 1998, Williamsburg VA. Convener: Robert L. Carneiro.

“Evidentiality as a Semantic Feature of Verbs for Knowing in Extant Indo-European Languagesâ,” paper presented at the workshop “Evidentiality,” Winter 1999, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago. Organizers: Michael Silverstein and John Lucy.

“We Are Indians: Totemic Groups in Modern Europe?,” paper accepted to the Central States Anthropological Association Meetings, Chicago, April 11-14, 1999. Panel: “Representing American Indians.” Chair: Michael Campion.

“The Problem of the Peopling of the Americas: A New Approach,” presented at the 3rd Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnographers of Russia, June 8-11, 1999. Moscow, Russia. Chair: Alexander Kozintsev.

“Archaeological and Genetic Evidence for the Peopling of the Americas,” paper presented at the workshop “Genetics and Modern Human Origins,” Department of Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University. Organizers: Joanna Mountain and Alec Knight.

“Playing Indian in Europe,” talk delivered at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University, as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series, April 7, 2002. Chair: Tristan Carter.

“How Russian Indians and American Indians Did Not Smoke the Peace Pipe: European Appropriations of Native American Cultures in the Late 20th Century,” paper presented at the 101st American Anthropological Association Meeting, November 20-24, 2002, New Orleans LA. Panel: “Ethnography, Race, and Cultural Appropriation in Native North America.” Chair: Terri A. Castaneda.

“Indo-European Kinship Terminology: A Critical Interface Between Phonology and Semantics (An Anthropological Perspective on Historical Linguistics),” talk delivered at the Stanford Phonology Workshop, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, November 20, 2003. Organizers: Paul Kiparsky and Lev Blumenfeld.

“Spearheading American Indian Cultures: Cultural Appropriation and Military Encounters in Eastern Europe and the Middle East,” paper presented at Fourth Annual International Conference on Social Sciences, June 13-16, 2005, Honolulu, Hawaii. Organizers: Shiho Satsuka and Susan Harding.

“Human Origins and the Mystery of the Americas,” talk given at the conference “Unlocking Science” held at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, February 27, 2006. See video.

“Politically Incorrect: Indian Pretenders in East European and American Contexts,” paper accepted to the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference (Baltimore, MD, October 27-29, 2006) as part of the panel “Imaginary Identities and Political Mobilization.” Panel convener: Andrei Znamenski.

“Kinship Systems, Linguistic Classification, and Linguistic Typology: Contributing to the Modern Human Origins Debate,” paper presented at the panel “Kinship and Language: Per Hage (1935-2004) Memorial Section” of the 105th American Anthropological Association Meetings (November 15-19, 2006, San Jose, CA). Panel organizers: Bojka Milicic and Douglas Jones. See abstract and PowerPoint presentation.

“Towards Constructing an Interdisciplinary Model of the Phenomenon of Kinship: Some Lessons from a Two-Hundred-Year-Long History,” paper submitted to the “Anthropology of Kinship and Age” panel of the 7th Congress of Russian Ethnologists and Anthropologists, Saransk, June 7-10, 2007. Panel convener: Vladimir A. Popov. See abstract (in Russian).

“Between a Kinship Terminological System and a Phonological System: Methodological Pathways toward a New Reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European Kinship,” paper presented at the 19th International Conference on Historical Linguistics. Session: Kinship Terminologies: Change and Reconstruction. Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. August 10-15, 2009. Session organizer: Patrick McConvell. See Powerpoint presentation.

TRANSLATIONS (from English into Russian)


Deloria, Vine. Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties: An Indian Declaration of Independence. Austin: University of Mexico Press, 1985.

Highwater, Jamake. Ritual of the Wind: North American Indian Ceremonies, Music and Dances. New York: Viking Press, 1977.

Matthiessen, Peter. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. New York: Viking Press, 1983.

Standing Bear, Luther. My People, the Sioux. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Marquis, Thomas B. Wooden Leg: A Warrior Who Fought Custer. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987.

Mooney, James. The Ghost-Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890. Chicago:Univerasity of Chicago Press, 1965. (Link to full text)


Wissler, Clark. Material Culture of the Blackfoot Indians. New York: The Trustees. (American Museum of Natural History, Anthropological Papers, 5 (1), 1910.) (Link to excerpt)

Ewers, John C. The Blackfeet: Raiders of the Northwestern Plains. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1958.

Powell, Peter J. Sweet Medicine: The Continuing Role of the Sacred Arrows, the Sun Dance, and the Sacred Buffalo Hat in Northern Cheyenne History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1969.

Trenholm, Virginia C., and Maureen Carley. The Shoshonis: Sentinels of the Rockies. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1964.


Trenholm, Virginia C. The Arapahoes: Our People. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1970.

Koch, Ronald P. Dress Clothing of the Plains Indians. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1979.


Horse, Capture, George P. 1981. “The Timeless Tipi: Symbol of the Great Circle of Life.” American West 18 (2): 32-39. Link

Matthiessen, Peter. 1982. “Native Earth: Man’s Harmony with His Surroundings.” American West 19 (3): 44-49. Link

Powell, Peter J. 1977. “Beauty for New Life: An Introduction to Cheyenne and Lakota Sacred Art.” In A Native American Heritage: A Survey of North American Indian Art. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago. Link

Lowie, Robert H. 1915. “Dances and Societies of the Plains Shoshone.” Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History 11 (10): 803-835. Link

Steward, Julian H. 1936. “Shoshoni Polyandry.” American Anthropologist 38 (4): 561-564. Link

Steward, Julian H. 1937. “Linguistic Distributions and Political Groups of the Great Basin Shoshoneans.” American Anthropologist 39 (4, pt. 1): 825-834. Link

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