At the time this article was written, Aleksandr Pika was a member of the Scientific Research Institute of Social-Economic Problems of National Populations, Academy of Sciences, USSR and Goskomtrud (State Committee of Labour) of the USSR.
Dr. Pika was an outstanding Arctic researcher, deeply committed to improving the lives of Russia's native northerners, and a good friend. Together with Andrei Golovnev, Sasha Pika introduced me to the indigenous Nenet residents of Yamal Peninsula while undertaking field work in the region in August of 1993. Following that summer, he actively contributed to the development of the Siberian ethnographic material present on Arctic Circle as well as assisted in the writing of several articles. Tragically, together with three American research colleagues, he died in a boating accident in the Russian Far East in September, 1995. Viewers wishing to learn more about Alexsandr Pika's life and work can read an obituary written by a Russian friend and fellow anthropologist, Igor Krupnik.
Norman Chance, Convenor, Arctic Circle