Competing with Nature

PHOTO by Igor Veinstein / TASS

In early November, the representatives of 40 indigenous peoples asked President Vladimir Putin for a personal meeting, claiming that a meeting with the country’s most powerful man would give a “powerful impetus for the development and preservation of unique cultures.” The lives of Selkup, Saami, Nenets, Khanty, Dolgan, Evenk and other northerners combine centuries-old traditions with modern realities. Mobile phones and snowmobiles go hand in hand with plagues and reindeer. looked at the ways people get around in these harsh conditions.