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Evenk camp in summer Evenk camp in summer
Photo A. Lavrillier - (79 KB)
Elder women singing Elder women singing
On the occasion of the ikenipke ritual, these elder women get together to exchange songs of good wishes.Photo A. Lavrillier - (128 KB)
Metal mask Metal mask
MusČe du Quai Branly / Museum d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. 71.1887.42.7 - (69 KB)
Spirit figuration Spirit figuration
This anthropomorphic figuration is meant to be hung on a shaman's costume. MusČe du Quai Branly / Museum d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. M.H. 43.27.433 - (211 KB)
A shaman's headdress A shaman's headdress
Coiffe de chamane evenk MusČe du Quai Branly / MusČum National d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. 71.1887.42.2.1-2 - (240 KB)
Nomadic technology : Packs Nomadic technology : Packs
From left to right, Photo A. Lavrillier - (144 KB)
A metis dress A metis dress
Photo A. Lavrillier - (78 KB)
Around the stove Around the stove
The stove is an important piece of iron craft.Photo A. Lavrillier - (85 KB)
Tying Tying
Photo A. Lavrillier - (103 KB)
Around the stove Around the stove
Photo A. Lavrillier - (85 KB)
A <i>gulik</i> (raised funerary plateform) for bears A gulik (raised funerary plateform) for bears
Due to the bear's religious significance and power, the rituals surrounding its hunt are done with particular care. Photo A. Lavrillier - (149 KB)
Leatherworking tools Leatherworking tools
Photo O. Kuznetsov - (145 KB)
Stand hunting Stand hunting
Photo A. Lavrillier - (127 KB)
Quartered wild reindeer Quartered wild reindeer
After a successful hunt, two Evenk load the quartered reindeer on a slide. Photo A. Lavrillier - (103 KB)
Reindeer's game... Reindeer's game...
As summer wanes, the reindeers' antlers shed their velvet, heralding the rutting season. The young studs begin training for the imminent battles : in Evenk language, they "play" (Ëvi-). Photo A. Lavrillier - (34 KB)
Evenk shaman's drum (outer side) Evenk shaman's drum (outer side)
The red and blue decoration characterises most Evenk ritual items. For another example, see the consecrated reindeer's collar in the Evenk objects' list. (MH.87.42.3) External side view. MusČe du Quai Branly / MusČum National d'Histoire Naturelle - dČpŲt du MusČe de l'Homme. 71.1887.42.3 - (373 KB)
A <i>gulik</i> (raised funerary plateform) for bears A gulik (raised funerary plateform) for bears
Due to the bear's religious significance and power, the rituals surrounding its hunt are done with particular care. Photo A. Lavrillier - (149 KB)
The tent's entry The tent's entry
Photo A. Lavrillier - (96 KB)
The winner of the <i>uktevun</i> reindeer race The winner of the uktevun reindeer race
Photo A. Lavrillier - (95 KB)
Summer Summer
Photo A. Lavrillier - (115 KB)
Winter Winter
The frozen river still yields the Evenk's drinking water - in solid state. Photo A. Lavrillier - (122 KB)
Butchering and sharing the meat Butchering and sharing the meat
Photo A. Lavrillier - (111 KB)
An Evenk nuclear family An Evenk nuclear family
Photo A. Lavrillier - (94 KB)
Evenk camp in summer Evenk camp in summer
Photo A. Lavrillier - (79 KB)
Nomadic technology : Sled Nomadic technology : Sled
Photo A. Lavrillier - (103 KB)
Reindeer's game... Reindeer's game...
As summer wanes, the reindeers' antlers shed their velvet, heralding the rutting season. The young studs begin training for the imminent battles : in Evenk language, they "play" (Ëvi-). Photo A. Lavrillier - (34 KB)
Evenk shaman's costume (front) Evenk shaman's costume (front)
This costume was brought back by Joseph Martin in 1887 from the Stanovoi Mountains. It was studied in detail by E. Lot-Falck, 1977: ėLe Costume de chamane toungouse du MusČe de líHommeî, …tudes mongoles et sibČriennes 8: 91ņ97, as well as by M.-L. Beffa and L. Delaby, 1999, Festins dí‚mes et robes díesprits, Paris, Publications scientifiques du Museum, pp. 59ņ69. It seems to be the most complete costume we have, but the oldest known costume to date is the one conserved in Gˆttingen, which is now being studied by Gudrun B¸cher.MusČe du Quai Branly / Museum d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. MH 87.42.1, 87.42.6 - (396 KB)
<i>Ikenipke</i> ritual area Ikenipke ritual area
Photo A. Lavrillier - (137 KB)
The <i>uktevun</i> race The uktevun race
Photo A. Lavrillier - (71 KB)
The river The river
ėRiver, our mother, help us live well, may my younger kin, children and grand children live long and happy lives, may they have many reindeer, may they be successful!îPhoto A. Lavrillier - (99 KB)
Evenk drum (drawing) Evenk drum (drawing)
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Man-shaped <i>ongon</i> Man-shaped ongon
28,8 x 9 x 8,5 cmMusČe du Quai Branly / MusČum National d'Histoire Naturelle - dČposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. M.H. 87.42.13 - (211 KB)
Ancient Ancient "raised tomb"
To respect the Evenk culture, we shall not provide pictures or sounds directly related to the funeral rites of recently deceased persons. Phototeque of the MusČe de l'Homme - (103 KB)
At the village At the village
There's a cultural celebration at the village's "peoples' house" : the girls are dancing. Photo A. Lavrillier - (111 KB)
Moosehead-handled beater or drumstick Moosehead-handled beater or drumstick
Larch, bone or mammoth ivory, reindeer hide, yellow copper. Concave side. 33 x 5,5 x 1 cm MusČe du Quai Branly / MusČum National d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme M.H. 87.42.4 - (86 KB)
Crafting of the saddle's frame Crafting of the saddle's frame
Photo A. Lavrillier - (96 KB)
Packing Packing
The packs are often decorated with patterns otherwise restricted for the shaman's costume and the ritual paraphernalia. Photo A. Lavrillier - (132 KB)
Reindeer hunt in winter Reindeer hunt in winter
The hunter is riding a domestic reindeer. 1 : First crossing of the trails : from the ecological conditions, the hunter tries to estimate the reindeer's current position. 2 : The hunter patrols the probable area. He checks upstream, where reindeers often go at that time of the day. Second crossing of the trails. 3 : Checking of a local salt lick. Back downstream to close the patrol area. 4 : He finally ambushes and shoots the reindeer. 5 : Back home by the frozen river, leaving the meat buried under the snow to be fetched the day after. sketch A. Lavrillier - (55 KB)
Evenk shaman's drum (inner side) Evenk shaman's drum (inner side)
This drum was brought back from the Orochon Evenk reindeer herders living in the Stanovoi Mountains in eastern Siberia by Joseph Martin. This is a single-headed drum, like all Siberian shamansí drums. The frame, 8.5 cm in width, is made of larch, the head, of wild reindeer skin sewn onto the frame. Around the outside of the framework, three cords made of reindeer tendons, or sinews, are stretched over three protuberances. The head of the drum is painted with figures of reindeer (fifteen black and fourteen red) in single file. They follow the path of the sun, featured at the top symmetrically opposite the crescent moon on the bottom. Inside the opening of the drum is a wrought-iron grip in the form of a cross. The four arms of the cross represent the shamanís ėroadsî or ėpathsî in the four cardinal directions. (MH.87.42.3) Internal side view. MusČe du Quai Branly / MusČum National d'Histoire Naturelle - dČpŲt du MusČe de l'Homme 71.1887.42.3 - (394 KB)
Autochtonous populations of Siberia Autochtonous populations of Siberia
adapted from M.L. Beffa / L. Delaby, Etudes Mongoles 22 - (114 KB)
Around the stove Around the stove
Photo A. Lavrillier - (85 KB)
Preparing the nomadization Preparing the nomadization
Photo A. Lavrillier - (84 KB)
A sitting shaman beats his drum A sitting shaman beats his drum
The shaman whispers a song to the spirits with his eyes closed. Photo A. Lavrillier - (87 KB)
Autumn Autumn
Photo A. Lavrillier - (162 KB)
Second spring Second spring
Photo A. Lavrillier - (132 KB)
Display of the quartered game Display of the quartered game
Photo A. Lavrillier - (118 KB)
Evenk camp in summer Evenk camp in summer
Photo A. Lavrillier - (79 KB)
Nomadic technology : Packs Nomadic technology : Packs
A family's possessions, ready for the move. Photo A. Lavrillier - (144 KB)
Evenk shaman's costume (back) Evenk shaman's costume (back)
This costume was brought back by Joseph Martin in 1887 from the Stanovoi Mountains. It was studied in detail by E. Lot-Falck, 1977: ėLe Costume de chamane toungouse du MusČe de líHommeî, …tudes mongoles et sibČriennes 8: 91ņ97, as well as by M.-L. Beffa and L. Delaby, 1999, Festins dí‚mes et robes díesprits, Paris, Publications scientifiques du Museum, pp. 59ņ69. It seems to be the most complete costume we have, but the oldest known costume to date is the one conserved in Gˆttingen, which is now being studied by Gudrun B¸cher..MusČe du Quai Branly / Museum d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. MH 87.42.1, 87.42.6 - (438 KB)
A child's <i>ikenipke</i> A child's ikenipke
In this ideal representation, the ritual takes place in a traditional taiga camp, next to the river. Photo A. Lavrillier - (112 KB)
A child's <i>ikenipke</i> A child's ikenipke
In this ideal representation, the ritual takes place in a traditional taiga camp, next to the river. Photo A. Lavrillier - (112 KB)
The celebrating public The celebrating public
Photo A. Lavrillier - (91 KB)
A shaman's headdress A shaman's headdress
Coiffe de chamane evenk MusČe du Quai Branly / MusČum National d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. 71.1887.42.2.1-2 - (240 KB)
Female moose and calf Female moose and calf
Photo courtesy of the North American Moose Foundation - (22 KB)
At the city At the city
A friendly reunion of city Evenk posing on a cold day. Photo A. Lavrillier - (100 KB)
Skull-handled Skull-handled" drumstick or beater
The deer skull means that the spirit mastering this beater hails from the world of the deads. Larch, bone or mammoth ivory, lead, reindeer hide, red copper. Convex side. 33 x 6 x 0,6 cm MusČe du Quai Branly / MusČum National d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. M.H. 87.42.5 - (89 KB)
Raised larder Raised larder
Carpentry work is also important, as this raised larder must stand up to both the bears and the deep -70 grade freeze. Photo A. Lavrillier - (132 KB)
Sturgeon <i>ongon</i> Sturgeon ongon
21,5 x 2,6 x 2,1 cm. MusČe du Quai Branly / Museum d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. MH 87.42.18 - (49 KB)
The herd and packer The herd and packer
Photo A. Lavrillier - (139 KB)
...Children's game ...Children's game
Children often "play" with the reindeer fawns. Photo A. Lavrillier - (25 KB)
Evenk baby Evenk baby
Photo A. Lavrillier - (97 KB)
An hunter's reindeer An hunter's reindeer
The Evenk are almost unique in using of the reindeer as mounts in the hunt, and even firing from their backs, which needs a very well trained reindeer. Photo A. Lavrillier - (133 KB)
Nomadic technology : Food Nomadic technology : Food
Frozen and partly cold-dried, it'll keep well and offer a lot of much needed calories and vitamines for a small weight. Photo A. Lavrillier - (81 KB)
...Children's game ...Children's game
Children often "play" with the reindeer fawns. Photo A. Lavrillier - (25 KB)
Raised larder Raised larder
Photo A. Lavrillier - (132 KB)
The winner of the race The winner of the race
Photo A. Lavrillier - (95 KB)
Managing the state Managing the state
Photo A. Lavrillier - (80 KB)
Fetching the wood Fetching the wood
Photo A. Lavrillier - (119 KB)
A child's <i>ikenipke</i> A child's ikenipke
In this ideal representation, the ritual takes place in a traditional taiga camp, next to the river. Photo A. Lavrillier - (112 KB)
Evenk shaman Evenk shaman
Phototeque of the MusČe de l'Homme - (116 KB)
A <i>gulik</i> (raised funerary plateform) for bears A gulik (raised funerary plateform) for bears
Due to the bear's religious significance and power, the rituals surrounding its hunt are done with particular care. Photo A. Lavrillier - (149 KB)
Transbaikalia Evenk or Buryat horse-headed staff Transbaikalia Evenk or Buryat horse-headed staff
The inclusion of such staves (they are used by pairs) in the shaman's paraphernalia has been borrowed by some Evenk groups from the Buryat. These Evenk shamans use them in place of the drum in some very specific parts of their rituals, showing both that the drum is also a mount, and that it's much more than a mount. 89,5 cm MusČe du Quai Branly / Museum d'Histoire Naturelle - deposit of the MusČe de l'Homme. MH 43.27.598 - (31 KB)