Kargopolin ja Kenozeron alueiden etnohistoria


  • Pauli Rahkonen




The region of Kargopol and Kenozero is located in the middle zone of Baltic and Volgaic cultural influences that began in the Neolithic Period. The Volgaic influence on the onomasticon is obvious in the area of Kargopol. By contrast, it is almost invisible in the Kenozero region, where Finnic influence is remarkable.  Especially the names of the lakes very often have a Finnic background. There are also some toponyms originating from Saami languages. The traditions of the local population in the Kenozero area confirm the picture presented by the onomasticon. The Finnic language spoken in the Kargopol-Kenozero region seems to originate from different sources. The old Russian imperial governmental boundaries most probably were formed according to the ancient territories of the Finno-Ugric tribes. Accordingly, the old Government of Olonets follows the distribution of Finnic toponyms in modern Karelia and the South-West Arkhangelsk oblast.





Rahkonen, P. (2015). Kargopolin ja Kenozeron alueiden etnohistoria. Suomalais-Ugrilaisen Seuran Aikakauskirja, 2015(95), 307–347. https://doi.org/10.33340/susa.82650