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Gold 2021 People / Culture

People of Tundra

  • Prize
    Gold in People / Culture
  • Photographer
    Yulia Nevskaya

In the far north of Russia, on the Taymyr Peninsula, indigenous peoples continue to live according to the traditional way of life: they wander from place to place with their herds of deer. They spend all years in the tundra from birth to ripe old age. Except for the time when children leave to study in boarding schools. It was surprising for me to learn that they are not hostages of the situation, they have a choice. Many families have apartments in settlements, but they do not want to live in them. Of their own free will, they choose to roam the endless expanses.