Ethnography Museums

Ethnography is a branch of anthropology that examines culture in its ethnically distinct forms. Most of the former Soviet republics and Communist states were multi-ethnic. Although the Communists waffled between celebrating diversity and attempting assimilate the cultures, ethnography remained a strong and politically practical academic field. Museums of this type were often founded under Communism and remain common across this part of the world.

The Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg

If someone asks you to describe “Russian,” the first images that probably come to mind include burly Cossacks, round babushkas with head coverings, matryoshkas, etc. While these depictions partially represent Russia, the country includes a variety of ethnic groups (and one included many, many, more before the fall of the USSR). The interaction of these […]

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