A short account of the clothes needed for survival in the tundra.
A folktale telling the story of an encounter between a human hunter and giant monsters of the forest.
A singing fable about a hare trotting through the forest.
A short monologue in which a Nenets speaker talks about holy mountains in her neighbourhood.
A story about an encounter with a bear at a campsite.
A story about the death of a woman’s sister.
An index of the English translations of Tundra Nenets lexical words found in the transcribed texts.
An index of the Russian translations of Tundra Nenets lexical words found in the transcribed texts.
An autobiographical account of the life of an animal caretaker, Olga Taybarey.
A short anecdote about a girl who was looking for a scoop.
A lullaby about a father who will come bearing gifts for his child.
A short text about choosing between potential husbands.
A myth recounting how the moon and the sun were created from children by the sky father.
An autobiographical account of the early life of a man with many siblings.
A monologue in which a Nenets speaker talks about the composition of her family and the events that have shaped it.
A short ditty about dressing up for a visit
A little song about going to the Tundra.
A song about one of three rich brothers asking a Nenets girl in marriage.
A joke about a Nenets man and his friend’s wife.
A very short story about a cheeky old Nenets man looking for water in a women’s tent.
A short song about a woman living with her father-in-law.
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A short song contrasting life under the Tsar to life under Soviet power.
Texts published in Tundra Nenets include epic songs and folklore about the ancient people of the tundra.
A short Nenets folksong about a seagull’s wish to travel with its mother.
A short Nenets tale about a seagull’s wish to travel with its mother.
A folk story about a man’s encounter at the site of the seven holy birch trees.
An index of the English glosses of Forest Enets suffixes found in the transcribed texts.
An index of the Russian glosses of the Tundra Nenets suffixes found in the transcribed texts.
A folk story focussing on the adventures of a young girl and her three pike brothers.
Tundra Nenets is a Uralic language spoken by about 21,000 people in north-western Siberia and the Arctic part of European Russia. It belongs to the Samoyedic branch of the family, along with Forest Nenets, Tundra Enets, Forest Enets, Nganasan and Selkup. It is presently the largest and most well preserved Samoyedic language.
A Tundra Nenets myth about the creation of life and death.