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[[Image:Uralic-Yukaghir.png|thumb|300px|Geographical distribution of Samoyedic, Finnic, Ugric and Yukaghir languages

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The term Samoyedic peoples (also Samodeic peoples) is used to describe peoples speaking Samoyedic languages, which are part of the Uralic family. They are a linguistic grouping, not an ethnic or cultural one. The name derives from the obsolete term Samoyed used in Russia for some indigenous peoples of Siberia.

Peoples

Samoyedic peoples include:



  • Southern Samoyedic peoples
    • Selkup
    • Kamasins or Kamas (now extinct as a distinct ethnic group)
    • Mator or Motor (now extinct as a distinct ethnic group)
    • Koibal (now extinct as a distinct ethnic group)


Location

The largest of these peoples are Nenets numbering 34,000. They live in three autonomous districts of Russiamarker: Nenetsiamarker, Yamaliamarker (also known as Yamalo-Nenetsia), and Taymyriamarker (formerly known as Dolgano-Nenetsia).

Cultural References

  • In Aldous Huxley's Point Counter Point: "God-thirsty from the spiritual deserts of the workshop and the office, men came as to a temple [to a bar]...the mysterious divinity revealed itself to them...the shamans of the Samoyedes ate toadstools and were filled with the spirit of Num."


Gallery

Image:Nenets_Child.jpg| Nenets childImage:Nenets.jpg| Nenets inside a tent

References and Notes

  1. Some ethnologists use the term 'Samodeic peoples' instead 'Samoyedic', see
  2. [T]he term Samoyedic is sometimes considered derogatory in
  3. "Samoyeds" had no derogatory meaning and represents a modification of the expression same-edne in





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