National Geographic magazine wrote about life in Taimyr

National Geographic magazine wrote about life in Taimyr

October 26, 2021

The Nenets Wenga family roams the tundra all year round.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Several indigenous small-numbered peoples of the Far North live in Taimyr: the Evenks, Nganasans, Enets, Dolgans and Nenets.

Some of them moved to a sedentary lifestyle and settled in cities and villages. But many continue to wander through the tundra and live the way their ancestors lived for many centuries in a row. The difference is that mobile homes almost always have a cellular connection and a tablet with games for children, and not only reindeer, but also snowmobiles are used as draft power.

A National Geographic correspondent took several photos near the port of Dudinka. The Wenga family – the spouses Leonid, Angelina and their children are the Nenets. All year round they roam the tundra in the south of Taimyr.

The duration of the stay mainly depends on the herd size: the Wenga family has about 800 deer, and in one place they usually stay no more than three days.

Each family lives autonomously, but they keep in touch with each other and meet periodically.

Children live with their parents until they start their own family or leave for boarding schools to get an education.

Linda, Leonid and Angelina’s daughter, is six years old, and soon she will also leave to study. As a rule, the majority of boys and girls after school return to a nomadic lifestyle if their family remains in the tundra.

Earlier we wrote that some indigenous peoples after the All-Russian population census may stop being small in number. We also reported that an online translator is being created for the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.

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October 26, 2021

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