#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Taimyr World grant program winner in the village of Ust-Port was the family community Hohorei (eng.: Swan). In river navigation, the project developers received a grant for new equipment to bring their idea to life.
The village of Ust-Port in the lower reaches of the Yenisey is located closest to the regional center – Dudinka. It is the first settlement in the Ust-Yenisey region down the river.
The Nenets now talk about the territory of Ust-Port as promising pastures for deer.
Now Ust-Port neighbors several families of fishermen, who, in turn, turned out to be closely connected with the village. Here you can buy the necessary products and sell meat and fish. The new trade relations between the tundra dwellers forced them to more closely help each other in transport communications. This is how the idea was born to help the neighbors deliver food and essential goods in the Ust-Port tundra.
“At first glance, it may seem that this will be a well-organized courier business, but all this help is provided free of charge due to the national mentality and ancient traditions of the Taimyr indigenous peoples, when the laws of selfless help apply in the tundra”, says one of the community founders, Ivanes Yaptune.
Now five Nenets clans with a total number of about 30 people are uniting around Ust-Port. Families migrated to the Ust-Port tundra, and the Hohorei community became a kind of bridge for the exchange of goods between the aborigines and the outside world. The community has experience in traveling in the field using modern vehicles, skills in working with complex equipment, and mobile and satellite communications.
The new technology is the Rosomaha all-terrain vehicle. This is one of the variants of a standard ATV on large low-pressure tires. As part of the Nornickel grant, the Hohorei community purchased a cargo trailer of the same standard.
The equipment can be used in winter and summer to transport fish, meat and small cargo between the nearest points and reindeer herders’ camps. Volunteers study the new car and its capabilities, go to the camps to buy meat at the request of village residents. The people are preparing for winter, stocking up on meat and fish. At the same time, young people are being trained in driving and servicing equipment – the guys are keenly interested in this kind of activity. In winter, at the request of residents, they are going to transport food, medicine and all the essentials for life.
Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: author