Our work in Kamchatka was centered in the Karaginski district of Kamchatka, located in the north central part of the Peninsula. We worked in indigenous Koryak communities which are similar in many ways with indigenous Yup'ik communities.

Work in Kamchatka Russia began with Ethnography. Collaborators Professor Viktoria Petrasheva (Institute of Geography, Kamchatka Branch) and Tatiana Degai, interviewed residents of Tymlat, Ossora, and Karaga importance of cooperation and the harvest and sharing of salmon resources. Dr. Andrew Gerkey conducted similar interviews further north. Dr. James Murphy and Dr. Lance Howe also conducted shorter follow-up interviews in Tymlat, Ossora and Karaga in preparation for field experiments.

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Field experiments were then conducted in the same set of communities in 2011 and 2013. Experiments were designed to complement


field experiments from Alaska. Detailed analysis of the experiments will be described in future journal publications that can be downloaded here.

Field experiments in 2011 were run by Dr. Drew Gerkey and Cristina Gaina (a UAA economics major). Experiments in 2013 were run by Dr. Olga Bogach and Mikhail Kolodiy (a UAA MBA student). Cristina documented some of her experiences and they are posted here as a blog.

Major results of the study in Russia are described in this poster along with a short narrative of basic results that was distributed to communities. We have also posted pictures and video from the region below.

Dr. Andrew Gerkey, Professor Viktoria Petrasheva, and Tatiana Degai, will soon finish a short booklet in Russian and English that will be posted on this website when it is complete. The booklet will discuss indigenous traditions of the harvest and sharing of salmon, names for salmon in Koryak, Yup’ik, English and Russian, and salmon legends. The complete document will also convey important linguistic information along with ethno-ecological knowledge of people living in these communities.