THE NENETS ARE FACING EXTINCTION —- The Nenets are reindeer herders, migrating across the Yamal peninsula, thriving for more then a millennium with temperatures from minus 50°C in winter to 35°C in summer. Their annual migration of over a 1000 km includes a 48 km crossing of the frozen waters of the Ob River. The Nenets still rely on traditional clothing sewn by the women. Nenets men wear a Malitsa, which is a coat with hood made of around 4 reindeer skins, fur on the inside and leather on the outside. In extremely cold conditions, men wear yet another layer of reindeer fur, known as a Gus. The reindeer is also revered as a symbol. The Nenets believe that people and deer entered a kind of social contract, where reindeer offered themselves to humans for their subsistence and transport, and humans agreed to accompany them on their seasonal migrations and protect them from predators.
NOW THE NENETS TRIBES OF SIBERIA NEED PROTECTION FROM BIG OIL & GAS COMPANY PREDATORS AND GLOBAL WARMING.
BEFORE THEY PASS —- Photography Project by Jimmy Nelson
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