The Fan Hitch   Volume 17, Number 3, June 2015

          Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog                                    
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In Memory of Lyudmila Bogoslovskaya

by Boris Vdovin
former director of the Nature Ethnic Park Beringia

Lyudmila S. Bogoslovskaya, a veteran of the Dmitry Likhachev Research Center for Cultural and Natural Heritage, passed away on February 18, 2015 following an extended illness. The pain of this sad news echoed in the hearts of hundreds of people who knew her well. Bogoslovskaya will remain forever in the memory of her family, friends, colleagues and the people of her beloved Chukotka to which she devoted many years of her life.

A widely erudite person and outstanding scientist, she contributed lavishly to the understanding of cultural and natural heritage of the peoples of Russia. Lyudmila Bogoslovskaya authored and edited many books of academic and popular science. Her work, Hope: A Race along the Edge of the Land, has been published in Russian and English and won a Yuri Rytheu prize for literature. Her contribution to the study and conservation of the cultural traditions of the Native people of the North, particularly Chukotka, is priceless.

She was not a scientist who spent all her time at her desk. This seemingly fragile woman had over 40 field seasons in the Arctic and Subarctic under her belt. For many years she joined the hunters of Eastern Chukotka to study seabirds and marine mammals. Together they collected extensive and unique data on whale, seal and walrus biology.

Lyudmila Bogoslovskaya made an invaluable contribution to the study of maritime hunting culture of the Bering Strait and traditional knowledge of the Native people in this remote and severe corner of Russia.

Ideas that arose from these studies made the foundation for the development of project documentation, first for the Nature and Ethnic Park, and later the National park of Beringia. She was the scientific advisor for the development of a Feasibility Study for this protected territory.

Despite her failing health, she continued her significant contribution to the Sea Ice Knowledge and Use Project created by the International Polar Year as an author and editor of the Project Report titled Our Ice, Snow and Winds.

Bogoslovskaya was always there for her colleagues who needed her professional assistance. Many of them remember her help with gratitude.

She will remain forever in the memory of her family, friends, colleagues, and, of course, the people of Chukotka where she spent many years of her life. No words can adequately express the pain of this loss for everyone who knew her.

Boris Vdovin, met Lyudmila for the first time at the Oil and Gas Industry Ecology Conference in Nadym in 1988. She impressed Boris then with the clarity and precision of her ideas and her active position as advocate of the Native rights during gas development projects in Yamal. However, that was only a superficial acquaintance. Boris truly came to know Lyudmila when she was appointed Scientific Advisor for the creation of a Feasibility Study for protected territories in the Bering Strait Region. As Chief Engineer of the Project, Boris came to see her in Moscow. Their first meeting revealed a close proximity of their positions on the project, which made us good friends. Together they developed and defended their study in Chukotka. Since Bogoslovskaya enjoyed wide renown and authority among the scientific community, she was able to invite the best specialists to design their project. That enabled the authors to form a unique team of developers and create the feasibility study in record short time. Lyudmila Bogoslovskaya helped Vdovin with her valuable advice when he worked as Director of the Beringia Nature and Ethnic Park in 2003. They worked together on the International Polar Year project Sea Ice Knowledge and Use, and had further plans, but…

Ed: Ms Bogoslovskaya’s knowledge of the aboriginal sled dogs of Russia was comprehensive. And she was most generous in sharing some of that in the March 2010 issue of The Fan Hitch.

This tribute appeared in the March 12, 2015 issue of the National (U.S.) Park Service (NPS) Shared Beringian Heritage Program publication. The Fan Hitch is grateful to the Program for granting permission to reproduce it here.

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