Igor Serotetto, Yamal Peninsula, Russia

Igor is part of a Nenets tribe responsible for herding over 2000 reindeer in Yamal. The Nenets have retained their traditional culture and simple way of life for over a thousand years. Surviving Stalinist Russia and the interests of the gas drilling companies, they now face a new threat, Climate Change. Their landscape is dramatically changing as the permafrost thaws, effecting food sources and migration routes. Whether the Nenets can retain the nomadic traditions of their ancestors will be determined by the exploitation of resources and climate change. Both change the landscape and prevent their ability to migrate freely. Their nomadic way of life with reindeer has a history longer than a millennia and the Nenets are the only remaining Nomadic herders left in the world. During recent years their reindeer pasture area has decreased and the landscape has become unpredictable and dangerous as the permafrost melts.

Photo 26 of 26 in Permafrost

68.90032°N, 69.6673°E
Igor is part of a Nenets tribe responsible for herding over 2000 reindeer in Yamal. The Nenets have retained their traditional culture and simple way of life for over a thousand years. Surviving Stalinist Russia and the interests of the gas drilling companies, they now face a new threat, Climate Change. Their landscape is dramatically changing as the permafrost thaws, effecting food sources and migration routes. Whether the Nenets can retain the nomadic traditions of their ancestors will be determined by the exploitation of resources and climate change.  Both change the landscape and prevent their ability to migrate freely. Their nomadic way of life with reindeer has a history longer than a millennia and the Nenets are the only remaining Nomadic herders left in the world. During recent years their reindeer pasture area has decreased and the landscape has become unpredictable and dangerous as the [tag permafrost permafrost] melts.
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