What do most of us know about Eveni and Evenki? Nearly nothing! Today we are going to pay a visit to the central and eastern parts of Siberia to have a closer look at people who live there.
A hut in Yuchugei. It was built in the Soviet time as an experimental one, applying a special technology – the hut had to warm itself. It has no stove or any other heaters except the electrical one. And it’s in the coldest place of the northern hemisphere of our planet! In winter snow and ice do not melt a meter from the floor in the hut. They always wear warm clothes inside. The village has several huts like this.
They do not cook national food anymore, have grown lazy and now prefer to buy concentrated products. Only one granny, aged 65, tries to keep up the traditions and still make national clothing of buck skin.
Most of Eveni and Evenki, both yound and old, like to booze, it is hard to meet abstainers here. Only few speak the Even language, most of them already speak Russian or Yakut.
They fish, hunt, gather berries.
A good granary made of hard wood.
Inside are flour, rice, macaroni…
Another stand on the way and another type of granary – on the poles. On the top are tarpaulined utensils and boxes with books and magazines. Some kind of library for a long winter.
Next to the granary are a trap to frighten bears, a galvanized washboard. Some meters away are totem poles decorated with horns and a carved tether for deer.