Keynote Address by Tatiana Degai

Re-emergence and Return: Indigenous World in Russia During and Beyond COVID-19

Dr. Degai was born and raised in Kamchatka land, Russia on the traditional grounds and with Itelmen people. Her life, work, and research are inspired by the rich heritage, worldviews, and wisdom of her people and Indigenous communities whose traditional lands she had the honor to visit and live on. Dr. Degai’s formal education is in Anthropology (MA, University of Alaska Fairbanks) and American Indian Studies (Ph.D., University of Arizona).  She is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology,  University of Victoria, British Columbia, and an  Affiliate Assistant Professor of the Arctic Indigenous Studies at the Arctic, Remote, and Cold Territories, Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter), University of Northern Iowa. Her research centers around Indigenous visions of sustainability, Indigenous languages, and Indigenous arts. Dr. Degai maintains a strong connection with the Council of Itelmens of Kamchatka “Tkhsanom” working on language and culture revitalization and community well-being. 

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