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Nenets, Yamal Peninsula

The Nenets are an indigenous people inhabiting northwestern Russia. Descendants of people inhabiting Siberia, they are reindeer pastoralists, fishermen and hunters of the tundra.

I and my friend Navak visited the Nenets as a part of our personal project to connect with the reindeer tribes of the world.

we traveled to the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, where the Nenets lived. After a grueling 13 hour-long journey into the frozen tundra from Salekhard, we finally reached the Nenets camp.

Habited by just two families – the Vanuitos and Laptanders, we have lived in the tepees with the families where we learned and documented their lifestyle.

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