Anna Nerkagi

Anna Nerkagi is a Nenets writer, novelist, and social activist of the Nenets people in Siberia, writing in Russian language.


Anna Pavlovna Nerkagi[1] was born on December 12, 1952, on the Yamal Peninsula, near the Kara Sea coast in West Siberia, Russia.[2] In 1958, at the age of six, she was removed from her parents by the Soviet authorities and forced to live in a boarding school, where the indigenous languages and native culture were banned.[2] She was only allowed to visit her parents during holidays.[1] In 1974, she graduated from the Geology Institute at Tyumen Technical University.[1]

Nerkagi debuted as a writer with the autobiographic Aniko of the Nogo clan in 1977.[3] She writes in the Russian language.[4] In 1978, known for publishing Aniko, she became a member of the Writer's Union.[1] She left Tyumen in 1980 and returned to the nomadic way of life in the Yamal Peninsula, where she lives with her husband.[1] In 1990, she started the Tundra School for Nenets children.[2] She currently lives and works near the village Laborovaya in the Yamal tundra, educating Nenets children.[3]

In 2012, a documentary film about Nerkagi's life, directed by Ekaterina Golovnya, won the Grand Prix at the Radonezh film festival in Russia.[5]


  • Aniko of the Nogo clan, 1977
  • Ilir, 1979
  • The White Yagel, 1986
  • The Horde, 1992-1998 (dedicated to the memory of the poet Daniil Andreyev)[3]
  • White Arctic Moss, written in 1994, published unabridged in 1996 (a sequel to Aniko of the Nogo clan)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hardy Aiken, Susan (1994). Dialogues. Exsoviet and American Women (Digitized 28 Feb 2008 ed.). University of Michigan: Duke University Press. pp. 285–311. ISBN 9780822313755. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Kasten, Erich; de Graaf, Tjeerd (2013). Sustaining Indigenous Knowledge: Learning Tools and Community Initiatives for Preserving Endangered Languages and Local Cultural Heritage. BoD – Books on Demand. p. 186. ISBN 9783942883122.
  3. ^ a b c Alexander Vaschenko; Claude Clayton Smith; N. Scott Momaday. The Way of Kinship: An Anthology of Native Siberian Literature. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 200–201. ISBN 9781452915463.
  4. ^ Thibaudat, Jean-Pierre (7 August 1998). "Voyage chez les Nénètses de Sibérie (5)". Libération (in French). Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  5. ^ Otroshenko, Anastasia (5 February 2015). "Анна Неркаги: научиться любить повседневность" (in Russian). Retrieved 19 August 2016.