Dialogical Relationships and the Bear in Indigenous Poetry

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The essay provides a review of a small but remarkable book on the work of two important Native American and Siberian poets, Meditations after the Bear Feast by Navarre Scott Momaday and Yuri Vella, published in 2016 by Shanti Arts in Brunswick, Maine. Their poetic dialogue revolves around the well-known role of the bear as a sociocultural keystone species in the boreal forest zone of Eurasia and North America. The essay analyzes the understanding of dialogicity as shaping the intersubjectivity of the poets emerging from human relationships with the environment. It tries to unpack the complex and prophetic bear dream in one of Vella's poems in which he links indigenous ontologies with urgent sociopolitical problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114–120
Number of pages7
JournalSibirica: the Journal of Siberian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • bear ceremonialism
  • dialogicity
  • human-animal relations
  • indigenous literature
  • Navarre Scott Momaday
  • Nenets
  • Yuri Vella

Field of science

  • Social anthropology


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