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Chukchi | Northeast Asians | Cultural Links | Geography & Maps

The Chukchi are the native Siberians of Chukotka, the far northeast corner of Siberia across the Bering Strait from Alaska. They were both coastal hunters of sea mammals and interior reindeer breeders and herders.

The Chukchi were among the peoples whose working sled dogs were imported to Alaska for racing during the Gold Rush. In turn, those Siberian racing dogs became the breed known as the Siberian Husky.

Who are the Chukchi and what were the genetic and cultural influences that shaped these Arctic peoples?  What are their links to Eskimo peoples and the reindeer peoples of Eurasia? Here are resources from genetic, anthropological and historical research on the native peoples of Siberia, useful in finding answers.

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Arctic Adaptations:
Native Whalers &
Reindeer Herders
of Northern Eurasia

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The Chukchi of Northeast Siberia   [ Top ]

Chukchi & their Neighbors in Northeast Asia: introduction to the Chukchi, Koryak, Yukaghir, Itelmen, Ainu and other peoples and to their Arctic environments.

Chukotka - Home of the Chukchi in Northeast Siberia:  exploration of the Arctic region that was home to the seal-mammal hunting and reindeer-herding Chukchi and the Siberian Eskimo.

Genetic Origins of the Chukchi & their Neighbors: insights from research based on mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome DNA.

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Raven and the
Rock: Storytelling
in Chukotka

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Crossroads Alaska:
Native Cultures
of Alaska and Siberia


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The Journey of
Man:  A Genetic


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The Seven Daughters of Eve:
The Science that Reveals
Our Genetic Ancestry


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Ainu: Spirit of a
Northern People


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Bronze Mirrors
from Ancient China

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Paleolithic Origins of the Chukchi: and their Siberian neighbors as well as of the Native peoples of North and South Americas who have genetic connections with the peoples of Asia

Ainu: the native people of the Amur River, Sakhalin Island and Hokkaido, the latter today the northern island of Japan

Eskimo Peoples:  the peoples and cultures of the far north, connecting Siberia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland

Reindeer People of Eurasia: peoples across the Arctic tundra including the Reindeer Chukchi and Koryak

Cultural Connections in Northeast Asia   [ Top ]

Ancient Artifacts:  stone points, microblades and cores provide cultural links between Asia and Alaska

Early Art:  styles of carvings, rock art, and symbols offer ties among peoples of Europe, Asia and Alaska

North Pacific Rim Harpoons:   harpoon use and styles serve as cultural links among peoples of Northern Asia and Alaska

North Pacific Rim Pottery: pottery manufacture and styles create another link for Northern Asia, Alaska

China's Influence on Siberia's Cultures: a look at geography, cultures and peoples of China and Siberia, with connections to the Arctic

Bronze Mirrors: an introduction to this popular trade item from China that is discovered in sites across the Silk Road, showing the wealth of cultural links connecting East and West

Jade - China's Stone of Heaven: this iconic Chinese cultural element has fascinating links with Siberia, both in terms of sources of jade and in diffusion of jade artifacts and carving styles.

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Baikal: Sacred
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Jades of the
Liangzhu Culture


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The Arts
of China

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Jomon of Japan: The
World's Oldest Pottery

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The Archaeology of
Northeast China: Beyond the
Great Wall


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The Silk Road:
Two Thousand Years
in the Heart of Asia

Influence of Geography   [ Top ]

Maps of Asia: Asia, Siberia, China, Japan, Russian Far East, more provide perspectives on the movement of peoples and cultural elements

Beringia:  the vast Ice Age land that linked Alaska and Chukotka at the Bering Strait, also called the Bering Land Bridge

Lake Baikal: a look at archaeology, geography, maps, cultures and peoples of this remarkable inland lake and ancient culture center

Lena River: this important north-flowing River serves as Northeast Siberia's west border and was a passageway for migration to the Arctic.

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American Beginnings:
The Prehistory and
of Beringia

Siberia - Northern Asia: introduction to the geography, maps, cultures and peoples of this northern region

Mongolia - Siberia's Southern Neighbor: introduction to the geography, maps, cultures and peoples of this influential region

The famed Silk Road served as a key conduit of cultural exchange from East to West and return.

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Ancient People
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People and the Land:
Pathways to Reform in
Post-Soviet Siberia


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Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the
Small Peoples of the North

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The Forgotten
of Siberia

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Mongolia: The Circle
in the Clouds

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