3 How Chukchi people live in winter

How Chukchi people live in winter

Posted on March 8, 2017 by tim

Chukchi people were having traditional way of live for centuries. They are Northern deer herders leaving on endless plains of Russian North. However in the latest years they started using modern inventions in their daily life. Russian blogger Basov went to a traditional shelter of Chukchis and spent some time with them. They don’t stay on one place, they move from place to place as their deer herds move. So they live in temporary huts. Here is the story about them:

Now Chukchis live in tents made of animal fur skins and covered with tarp on outside. A joint invention of a tradition and modern materials.

Floors of those tents covered with branches of the trees. Each tent has 15-20 animal skins in it. It can be used for 2-3 years. It’s 5-6 meter in length and 3 meter wide.

The heating is being done with a diesel heater.  It has windows on the walls for ventilation. 

Food is being prepared outside on the campfire. The heater is sometimes used to boil the water to drink tea.

Chukchis use Chinese glass thermos bottles to store hot tea.

Traditional Chukchi people. Some use electricity with mobile generators. Usually at night for light and other household items.

Dogs are used to control the deer herds.

An electric generator behind the fence to not being moved by wind/snow.

Deer sledges.


More traditional deer herders.

Chukchi man Valera prepares sledges to travel with deers.

Deer skins and a bottle.

Also many use snowmobiles.

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3 responses to “How Chukchi people live in winter”

  1. john dudley says:

    Thank you for the posting, what a tough group of people!

  2. charles m jackson says:

    Really nice article, it looks very cold.

  3. RB says:

    This is fake story, our history teacher said russians never discovered fire yet?

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