Shoshonean Ethnology

Welcome to the Shoshonean Ethnology page!

This page contains information on my research on the social anthropology of the Northern Shoshone. All materials are in Russian, for I studied Shoshone culture and history while a student at the Department of Physical Anthropology and Ethnography of St. Petersburg State University. Regrettably, I have not done any fieldwork among Numic-speaking peoples (this was a sheer impossibility in the late 1980s in Russia), but research into historical sources on the Northern Shoshones was thorough. In fact my original inspiration to undertake a global analysis of kin terminological patterns came from Shoshone kinship structures, which looked rather unusual from the point of view of either descent or alliance models. Recently I have had a chance to revisit Shoshone and Paiute kinship thanks to a series of illuminating e-mail exchanges with Dr. Michael Nichols apropos a reconstruction of proto-Numic kinship system by Per Hage et al. (2004). On a larger scale, kinship terminological evidence can contribute to the resolution of a dilemma of Uto-Aztecan origins posed by Jane H. Hill. Hill proposed to reverse the conventional theory of the dispersion of Uto-Aztecan languages and postulated a southern (Mesoamerican) origin of Uto-Aztecans. Their advent into the American Southwest was an agricultural expansion. Their expansion into the Great Basin resulted in the loss of agriculture.

Most of my Shoshone research has been published. Here are the links.



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