Reindeer Nomads | Shelter & Farming | Chukotka, Siberia

 

Travel Photographer Holger Hoffmann and Travel Writer Sylvia Furrer are the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributors of this documentary photography.  From the project  ‘Stormy Nights in the Yaranga’To see Holger and Sylvia’s body of work, click on any photograph.

 

 

 

 

In the winter, the days are short in Chukotka, and stormy winds sweep across the wide tundra in the far east of Siberia. The yaranga has provided the reindeer nomads with protection for centuries. It is kept open during the day and does not provide protection against the cold, but only against the wind. The structure’s concept is very old and stormproof. It consists of three thick wooden main posts and four shorter T-shaped poles, as well as a wooden ring attached at half height. About 50 reindeer skins, sewn together, are stretched over it. The tensioning ropes are additionally secured with weights against the strong storm winds.

 

 

 

Once a day, a fire burns in the center of the yaranga for cooking. Even in extreme weather conditions, wood has to be collected from small, widely scattered bushes every two to three days, which can take several hours.

 

 

The reindeer farm consists of eight brigades formed during the Soviet time, each looking after about 1,500 to 3,000 reindeer.

Every bit of the reindeer is put to good use. Anything that cannot be eaten right away is placed on a plastic sheet and frozen within a few hours.

 

 

 

 

All images and text © chaostours.ch

 

 

See also:

Swiss Galleries

By Holger Hoffmann and  Sylvia Furrer

 

 

 

 

Edge of Humanity Magazine is an independent nondiscriminatory platform that has no religious, political, financial, or social affiliations.

We are committed to publishing the human condition, the raw diverse global entanglement, with total impartiality.

 

Documentary Photography * Fine Art Photography * Street Photography * Portrait Photography * Landscape Photography * Night Photography * Conceptual Photography * Travel Photography * Candid Photography Underwater Photography * Architectural Photography Urban Photography * Art * Digital Art

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

 

Press Release For Artists, Photographers, Poets & Writers On Edge of Humanity Magazine

 

 

Living Under A Pandemic

COVID-19 | Coronavirus’ Days

 

 

Support This Small Independent Magazine

Please

DONATE

 

 

Follow Edge of Humanity Magazine

 

Email Subscriptions

Follow Edge of Humanity Magazine
Please enter your email address below

Join 93,841 other subscribers

 

WordPress Bloggers

Follow Edge of Humanity Magazine on WordPress.com

 

Not on WordPress?

Don’t Forget to add

https://edgeofhumanity.com/

to your reader or bookmarks

 

Thank you!

 

 

BACK TO HOME PAGE

 

Search Site

10 Responses to “Reindeer Nomads | Shelter & Farming | Chukotka, Siberia”

  1. Jorge Medico

    Wonderful images, and a great reminder of all that exists outside the world I usually inhabit. Keep up the good work!

  2. Unsettled Essence

    Thanks for an interesting post. I hope you’ll post more about these people. Since they’re nomads, does that mean they follow the reindeer herds, or do they graze them from place to place? Thanks!

  3. Lance Thompson

    I watched a documentary on this and apparently a huge chunk of Siberia was used for nuclear weapons testing which poisoned the earth With radiation which in turn in poisoning the ancient herders.

    One of the oldest living cultures is dying and we do nothing but cause more problems

To share your thoughts/opinions or to converse about this article please comment below. Thank you!

%d bloggers like this: