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1A member of an indigenous people living scattered through the wastes of northern Siberia.Also called tungus
- ‘Grounded in fieldwork done in 1988-89 and 1993-95, the study centres on Evenki associated with the ‘Red Star’ reindeer-herding collective farm at the village of Katonga (roughly 500 miles slightly northeast of Krasnoiarsk).’
- ‘Chapters one and eight frame the project, which is essentially a close examination of how Soviet power both made and unmade state subjects among the Evenki.’
- ‘Mengo highlighted the Russian peoples of that region - the Koryaks, Itelmen, Chuckhi, Evenki and Aleut - with their drumming, theatre and song.’
2[mass noun] The Tungusic language of the Evenki, which has about 15,000 speakers.
Relating to the Evenki or their language.
- ‘The fireball would have stretched high into the sky, and the local Evenki tribesman must have thought that the world was coming to an end.’
- ‘It is particularly good on the disconnection between Evenki clan order and Russia's attempts to institutionalize iasak (tribute payments).’
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