On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

It’s the herders’ camp in Krasnoselkup village in the Yamalo-Nents Autonomous District of Russia. This place is often called “the region of untold fur wealth”.  We are going to see now how real herders live and work.

On the Land of Herders

Mi-8T is loaded with necessary stuff for the camp.

On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

There are no usual roads here, only winter roads which can be used only in winter.

On the Land of Herders

These are abandoned heliports.

On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

The girl is ready to meet mosquitoes.

On the Land of Herders

This YAK-40 has been working in the region since 2011.

On the Land of Herders

The village appeared in 1933. In the 90s it was undergoing hard times but today it experiences its reborn. It is being widely reconstructed and restored.

On the Land of Herders

A new school has been built, a new pipeline is being pulled.

On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

Here’s a local shaman.

On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

They still have a lot of work to do.

On the Land of Herders

“Krasnoselkup airport”.

On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

Now we are flying to the camp of herders.

On the Land of Herders

Here we are.

On the Land of Herders

It’s time to meet the locals.

On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

The Krasnoselkupsky district has a bit more than six thousand people. 1300 of them are nomads.

On the Land of Herders

Mosquito nets are necessary as you may see.

On the Land of Herders

Dogs help the people to survive.

On the Land of Herders

Did you know that deer can purr like cats? And they have hairy horns.

On the Land of Herders

Severe nature influences the mode of life of these people.

On the Land of Herders

Children live with parents till they start to study. Then they go to Krasnoselkup village, to the local boarding school where they get education.

On the Land of Herders

The dogs guard the deer. They usually stay outside, in bad weather they come to tents.

On the Land of Herders

If you enter a tent you are always treated to something and offered to drink tea.

On the Land of Herders

Several families live in this place and look after the herds. In summer they nomadize each two or three days, in winter they may stay at one place for a week. Deer eat moss that grows very slowly so nomads often have to move from one place to another.

On the Land of Herders

Deer means very much to them: food, transport, housing. And what may shock Europeans is typical for these people.

On the Land of Herders

Dressing is a work for women only. Men never do it.

On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

The little boy has fallen but refused to get help from strangers.

On the Land of Herders

This family has a little baby.

On the Land of Herders

Yamal has an unofficial status of the world centre of herding. The number of domestic reindeer on Yamal peninsular amounts to 600 thousand of heads – it’s the largest herd in the world.

On the Land of Herders

This farm has 3000 heads, half of them belong to families.

On the Land of Herders

This is a summer tent, winter ones require more skins.

On the Land of Herders

On the Land of Herders

The herd is very big.

On the Land of Herders

Welcome to the airfield!

On the Land of Herders

This plane won’t be working for long.

On the Land of Herders

In the airport of Novy Urengoy. It’s time to leave the land of herders.

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4 thoughts on “On the Land of Herders”

  1. Brilliant, brilliant photos. The school design, the kids skinning deer, the camp in the middle of nowhere (and the airport). Love this sort of stuff.

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