Friday, March 27, 2015

Reindeer People Of Mongolia

Photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami travelled to outer Mongolia to document the Dukha, an ancient group of people of Turk descent who are dependent on reindeer for their way of life. In addition to milk and cheese, the reindeer provide transportation for hunting. They're ridden to hunt wild elk and boar.

The Dukha tribe is quickly disappearing. Only about 44 Dukha families remain, or between 200 to 400 people. In the 1970s, it's estimated that there was a population of about 2,000 reindeer but that number has since dwindled to about 600.

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1 comment:

xoxoxoBruce said...

That photographer has a PhD from Harvard in Inner Asian languages and Culture