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Face-to-face with the Chukchi: 10 candid portraits from the Far East

There are only 16 thousand Chukchi living in the world today, most of whom live in Chukotka.
By Pavel Gazdyuk, RBTH

Editor - Pavel Gazdyuk, photos - Andrey Shapran, music - Alash Ensemble - "Bai Taiga"

Chukotka, or the Chukchi Peninsula, is in Russia's remote northeastern corner. For many members of this ethnicity, the way of living has remained the same for centuries: without electricity, heating, or other modern amenities. These days - just as before - deer are a prized possession. They provide food, clothing, and shelter. There are few alternatives to hunting in order to survive the long, cold winter.

January 28, 2014
Tags: regions, lifestyle, society

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