Tundra Yukaghir

Fire lighting rituals

A monologue describing old Tundra Yukaghir fire lighting rituals.

Years ago, one of the first action Tundra Yukaghir people took when setting new camp was to light a fire. In this video, a speaker provides an account of the rituals of fire lighting and recalls how her parents fed the fire with nice goods and the words they pronounce.

Recording: The Tundra Yukaghir videos were recorded in the villages of Andryushkino and Chersky Lower Kolyma District, Yakutia, between 2010 and 2012 by Dejan Matić and Cecilia Odé.