The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in a blog series, Photo Friday.
Title: Sun Shines through the Drums of Buryat Shamans Taking Part in a Tajlagan Ritual
Photo Courtesy of Aleksandra Wierucka
Contest Category: Practice
Caption: During research conducted in Buryatia, on the Olkhon Island on the Lake Bajkal (Russia), we had a chance to observe the work of Buryat shamans, mostly the ones belonging to a Tengeri group, as the ones on the picture, but also the ones that practice their art in tiny villages and do not want to talk to strangers. Our research was made possible by the fact that our country’s history is similar to the history of Buryatia and people, including shamans, wanted to talk to us as they would not talk to researchers from other parts of the world. We were tracing the recent changes in shamanistic practices in Buryatia.
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