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Changing Cultural Landscapes

Everyday Life of the Chukchi Turvaurgin

WORDS TERO MUSTONEN

PHOTO TERO MUSTONEN

The nomadic camps of the Indigenous Chukchi Turvaurgin community are a mix of traditional and modern ages. Located in one of the harshest climates in the world, in the Kolyma watershed, Yakutia, Siberia, the nomads have partnered with the Snowchange Co-op to install solar panels, establish nomadic schools, and advance the preservation of nomadic lifestyles in the period of rapid cultural and climate change. As the permafrost melts in the region, the herders adopt measured elements of modern tools, such as snow machines, while choosing to maintain and renew their life on the land. They survive, because they remember the essentials.

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