“A behind the scenes look at my trip to Chukotka, Russia. I was traveling around Chukotka starting with Anadyr (capital of Chukotka) and into the very deep Tundra where nobody lives except small tribal groups of reindeer herders, staying and photographing them in their everyday life, and it was a life changing experience.” (c) Sasha Leahovcenco.
No kidding at all. That’s totally true. They keep herding reindeer and whaling in Chukotka, Russia. They live also in Yakutia, Magadan and Koryak. They teach kids how to cut a whale’s skin. They keep speaking the Chukchi language. And the multi-millionaire, Abramovich, said, “Let them live in Chukotka.”
I know that right at the moment the North America is still living in yesterday. So, Chukotka Day at AskSiberia.com is not ended yet. Here is one more Chukotka-related update to share, namely Sarah Hurst’s article “Alaska-Chukotka: when cousins reunite.”
What is this article about?
She wrote, Soviet times were hard for the indigenous people of the Russian Far East, but perestroika allowed them to reunite with their Alaskan cousins. The ensuing cooperation started with culture, and expanded to scientific research and mapping the bowhead whale. Sarah Hurst tells the story.
Sarah Hurst tried to give deep insight into the connection between Chukchi of Chukotka and Alaska nowadays. Indeed, did they lost any relations? Did they reunite with Perestroika? And what happens now?