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VLADIMIR ARSENYEV (1872-1930) was a geographer, ethnologist and writer. He participated in several expeditions to the Russian Far East (Primorye), at that time an almost completely unknown region of the Russian empire. He wrote many books on the flora, fauna and peoples of Primorye. His most famous book, Dersu Usala, described one of his expeditions and his friendship with a native hunter who showed him a completely new way of looking at the world. Akira Kurosava made a film based on Arsenyev’s book.