• Dukha
    The Lords of the Taiga
  • fall camps are typically on forest edges, in tighter valleys, and offer more protection from wind, snow, and rain.
  • Chechek (Flower), my host, was a single lady and the shaman of the taiga.
  • teepee, or 'alajy og' (pole house) as they call it.
  • it's usually the ladies who take care of the reindeers.
  • there is a stove right in the middle of every teepee.
  • this is as techno as it can get in the taiga. solar panels right out of the teepee charge the battery.


  • the leader of the tribe is traditionally the oldest male. Gombo is the current respective one.
  • community frequently come together and chat, nuts of the pine cone is the ultimate snack.
  • most of the kids stay in the nearest town (8 hours by horse) to attend the school.
  • Davaajav is a brave one.
  • for transportation, the horses are as important as reindeers.
  • Davaajav throwing a lasso.
  • antlers have to be cut before the migration, otherwise its impossible to proceed in the wild forest.
  • twice a day ladies milk their reindeers. yogurt-like milk is 4 to 5 times more fat than the cows'.
  • till very recently reindeer skin was used as covers for teepees. today replaced by canvas.
  • collective work and getting ready for the move.
  • when pitching a teepee, three pine trunks are tied together and placed on the ground. then ten or twelve pine trunks are balanced together around them. 
  • canvas is thrown over the structure, overlapping each other on a gradient, so that rain water will always run along the seems of the canvas in a circular motion. 
  • Dukha benefit from reindeers' milk, skin, antlers and most importantly utilize them for transportation.
  • Dukha moves 6 to 10 times within a year. it's a festive moment when the reindeer herds appear from the forest.
  • inhabitants of the east taiga.