A photo story by Yuri Kokovin, published in Russian Hunting Magazine 12/2015.
Evenk are a small indigenous people of Siberia, nomads of the Taiga. They have snowmobiles, but they prefer to travel by reindeer, because reindeer don’t need gas.
Babies travel in special cots fixed on the animals:
Evenk children don’t go to school or daycare. They live with their parents in the taiga all year, and learn by doing what the adults do: “The Evenk teach their children in silence”, as their saying goes.
The Evenk children learn to shoot as soon as they can reach the trigger.
Every morning the men go off to the taiga to hunt or herd their reindeer. In the evening, the dogs’ barking announces their return to the camp.
The author’s friend, Nikolai Grigoriev, is in his eighties but doesn’t seem to know the meaning of “sickness” or “bored”. He’s always hungry for news and fresh reading, willing to teach you everything he knows about the taiga, and treat you to his home-baked bread and the meat of the moose he’s just shot.
The original article was published by Russian Hunting Magazine in December 2015. Text and photo (c) Yury Kokovin, loose condensed translation into English by me.