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Sasha Takui, A Chukchi reindeer herder, working with his reindeer at their autumn pastures. He is holding a curved throwing stick (Kenunen), which he uses to change the direction his reindeer are going. It is similar to a Boomerang. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2012-30

Tundra turning yellow, brown and gold in the autumn at sunset, with mountains from the Chukotsky Range in the background. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-02

Three Chukchi Yarangas (traditional tent) at a reindeer herder's summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-08

Chukchi reindeer herder, Vanya Votgyrgin, walks amongst the reindeer herd with his lasso during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer.' Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-27

On a rainy afternoon, at the end of the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer', the reindeer are taken to their pastures to graze. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-65

Portrait of Nikolai Votgyrgin, an elderly Chukchi reindeer herder. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2004-14

Nadia Takui, a Chukchi girl, dressed in a traditional reindeer skin Kerker, (knee length coverall), outside a Yaranga (tent) at a reindeer herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2004-22

A Chukchi sled propped up against a Yaranga (traditional tent) at a Chukchi reindeer herder's summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2004-35

Tundra turning yellow, brown and gold in the autumn, with mountains from the Chukotsky Range in the background. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-07

Rita Votgyrgina, a Chukchi woman, softening a reindeer skin with a tradional scraping tool, outside her Yaranga (tent) at a reindeer herders' summer camp on the tundra. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2005-05

Reindeer skins drying outside a Chukchi Yaranga (tent) at a reindeer herders' summer camp on the tundra. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2003-28

Nadia Takui, a Chukchi girl, dressed in a traditional reindeer skin Kerker, (knee length coverall), sitting at the edge of the polog (sleeping area) in a Yaranga (tent) at a reindeer herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2004-28

Sasha Takui, A Chukchi reindeer herder, coils up his lasso, while out working with his reindeer at their autumn pastures. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2012-27

The Matachingay River valley with mountains of the Chukotsky Range in the background in evening light. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2003-37

Two Chukchi Yarangas (traditional tents) silhouetted by the setting sun at a reindeer herder's summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2009-10

Ruslana Votgyrgina, a young Chukchi girl, using a hatchet to chop firewood at a reindeer herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2007-09

A circular pattern of small stones on the ground at a Chukchi reindeer herder's camp symolises the reindeer herd. The Chukchi believe that these carefully selected & positioned stones will help keep the actual reindeer herd healthy and their number will increase. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2010-05

Nadia Takui, a Chukchi girl, grips the fish's tail between her teeth as she removes the scales from a grayling at a reindeer herders' summer camp on the tundra. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2005-01

The Matachingay River valley in autumn colour with mountains of the Chukotsky Range in the background in late afternoon light. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2009-18

Nadia Takui, a Chukchi girl, dressed in a traditional reindeer skin Kamleika (parka), sits by the by the front of the polog (sleeping area) in a Yaranga (tent) at a reindeer herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2007-13

Chukchi children playing a traditional game of lassoing a set of reindeer antlers on the ground at a reindeer herders summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2003-11

Chukchi children playing outside in evening sunshine at a Chukchi reindeer herder's summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2009-06

After waking up in the morning, Yaroslava Votgyrgina, a Chukchi girl, sticks her head out of the polog (sleeping area) in a Yaranga (tent) at a reindeer herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2009-03

Nadia Takui takes 18 month old Rima Votgyrgina, to watch the reindeer during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' out on the tundra. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-44

Chukchi children playing outside a Yaranga (traditional tent) at a reindeer herders' summer camp on the tundra with mountains of the Chukotsky Range in the backgrounds. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2004-07

Vera Rakhtuvia, a Chukchi elder, softening a reindeer skin with a tradional scraping tool at a reindeer herders' summer camp on the tundra. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2004-12

At a summer camp, Vera Rakhtuvia, a Chukchi elder, rubs reindeer faeces into a reindeer skin with her feet as part of the tanning process. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2003-06

A traditional Chukchi skin scraper with a stone blade. It is used to soften reindeer skins used for clothes making. Iultinsky Disrict, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2004-01

A Chukchi woman rubs boiled Alder bark into a reindeer skin to dye it. The skin will be used for making clothes. Iultinsky Disrict, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2009-01

Nadia Takui, a 9 year old girl from a Chukchi reindeer herding family. Amguema. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2012-46

Nadia Takui, a Chukchi girl, dressed in a traditional reindeer skin Kamleika (parka), reads a magazine at the front of the polog (sleeping area) in a Yaranga (tent) at a reindeer herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2007-12

Vera Rakhtuvia, a Chukchi woman, relaxes by candlelight with her granddaughter, Susha, in the polog (sleeping area) inside the family's Yaranga (tent)at their summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2003-17

Two Chukchi Yarangas (traditional tents) in evening sunlight at a reindeer herder's summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2009-04

A pan of reindeer meat cooking over an open fire inside a Yaranga (tent) at a Chukchi reindeer herder's camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-17

Nikolai Votgyrgin, an elderly Chukchi reindeer herder, sitting by the entrance to his Yaranga (tent) at a summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2003-13

A Chukchi family watching a movie on a notebook computer by candlelight inside a Yaranga (traditional tent) at a reindeer herder's camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2012-12

At the beginning of the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer,' at 3am, Tamara, blows on a bunch of dried Arctic Bell Heather, to start a ritual fire. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-28

A ritual fire burns at the entrance to a Yaranga (tent) as the Chukchi herders prepare for the start of the 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' at a Chukchi herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-32

Nadia Takui, a Chukchi girl, dressed in a new Kerker (reindeer skin coverall) stands by a ritual fire at the entrance of a Yaranga (tent) at the start of the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' at a herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-39

Women of the family carry a ceremonial fire to a site at the front of their Yaranga (tent) during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' held at a herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-46

At first light the reindeer are brought to the camp and the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' begins. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-43

Volodya Votvyrgyn, a Chukchi reindeer herder, carries a large load of willow branches back to camp. The willow will be used in a religious festival. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2010-27

Nikolai Votgyrgin, an elderly Chukchi reindeer herder, walking across the tundra. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2010-04

Yarosalva & Nadia, two Chukchi girls, stand by the entrance of a Yaranga (tent) while Tamara, Nadia's mother, tends a ritual fire at the start of the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' at a herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-41

The men and children of the family, place specially prepared food on the ground for the spirits during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' held at a herders' camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2010-47

Reindeer antlers around a circular pattern of small stones on the ground, at a Chukchi reindeer herder's camp. The stones symolise the reindeer herd. The Chukchi believe that these carefully selected & positioned stones will help keep the actual reindeer herd healthy and their number will increase. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2012-32

As part of a ritual, a sacrificed reindeer's heart & tongue adorn a tent pole in a Chukchi Yaranga, while Tamara plays her family's sacred during during the first day of the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer'. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2012-04

Watched by her daughter Nadia, Tamara pours water onto the carcass of a dead reindeer calf, as a gesture of respect to its spirit. It was ritually killed during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer.' Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-11

At the end of the Chukchi Festival of Young Reindeer', Rita Votgyrgina, collects small stones to place on burial mound (Melgynvyn), where the powdered bones of sacrificed reindeer are buried, close to the family's Yaranga (tent). Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2012-18

Ruslana Votgyrgina, a young Chukchi girl, using a hatchet to chop firewood at a reindeer herders' summer camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2007-07

Chukchi reindeer herder, Vanya Votgyrgin, walks amongst the reindeer herd with his lasso during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer.' Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-28

The reindeer herd is brought close to the camp for the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer.' Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-47

Nadia Takui, a Chukchi girl, kneels by the carcass of a dead reindeer calf that has been ritually killed during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer.' Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-13

12 year old Chukchi girl, Irina Takui, skins & butchers a ritually killed reindeer, carefully laying the meat out on a bed of willow branches, during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer.' Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-53

In the evening of the first day of the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer', Tamara play's her family's sacred drum in their Yaranga (tent). The Chukchi believe that the sounds of the drum calms the reindeer. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2012-07

The ornate decoration on the back of a Chukchi girl's, traditional reindeer skin Kamleika, (hooded parka). Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2004-45

Tamara, a Chukchi woman, cooking inside her family's Yaranga (traditional tent) in the summer at a Chukchi reindeer herder's camp. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2003-21

18 month old Rima Votgyrina, a Chukchi girl, has her family's ancestral clan mark painted in reindeer blood on her face, a ritual during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer.' Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-37

Chukchi girls, with their family's ancestral clan mark painted in reindeer blood on their face, a ritual during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer.' Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
RC.2011-39

Nadia Takui, a 9 year old girl from a Chukchi reindeer herding family, dressed up for the first day of the new school year at Amguema. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia
RC.2012-49
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