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


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.


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)


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."


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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