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N.K. Karaseva

Wild-hive Beekeeping of the Kumanda People Late in the XIXth - Early in the XXth Centuries

The article is devoted to one of the numerous kinds of the gathering business of the Kumanda people at the end of the XIXth - the beginning of the XXth centuries, i.e. to wild-hive beekeeping. Kumanda people had their own ways to look for honey. At home they manually squeezed out honey combs to separate honey from the bee-wax. Honey was poured into the birch-tree bark jars and stored in a dry, warm place. They brewed beer, obtained bee-wax and propolis substance from the honey. Under the influence of Russian settlers wild-hive beekeeping became apiary business. The article dwells on the detailed description of the Kumanda people apiary and other bee-keeping facilities: a house, barn for the cattle, winter storage for bee-hives. The article also tells how to make the bee-keeping tools as well as about places and ways to market honey.

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