Nomads: The Nenets of Siberia

In the seemingly barren and vast snowfields of the Siberian tundra, nomads have lived cheek by jowl with nature for millennia. This post shines the spotlight on the Nenets of the Yamai Peninsula in Northern Siberia, presenting a rare glimpse into the lives of these hardy people.

The Nenets of the Yamal Peninsular

The Yamal Peninsula is located in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of northwest Siberia, Russia, some 2,200 km north of Moscow. It extends roughly 700 km (435 mi) and is bordered principally by the Kara Sea, Baydaratskaya Bay on the west, and by the Gulf of Ob on the east. In the the language of its indigenous inhabitants, the Nenets, “Yamal” means “End of the Land”. In winter temperature in this unimaginably bleak land can fall below minus 50 degrees, yet this punishing landscape is where the Nenets have eked out a nomadic existence for thousands of years.

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All photos on this post is taken from the BBC series: Living with Nomads hosted by Kate Humble.

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