Mikhail Pananto with his grandchildren at Kaiettyn, Chukotka, 2001.
Photo courtesy of Patty Gray.
I stood there stunned by the beauty of my Motherland—Sebiania, the land of Evenia. How beautiful are the reindeer, the people surrounding me, this endless world!
– Anatolii Alekseev
The Chukchi are an ancient arctic people who live at the meeting point of two continents, Eurasia and North America. They refer to themselves as lyg’oravetl’a, which means “real people” or “people standing openly.” The present population is about 16,000. Continue Reading
The Koryak people inhabit the upper Kamchatka peninsula and bordering lands to the north, with a present-day population of more than 9,000. As among the Chukchi, there is a division between coastal and reindeer people. Reindeer Koryak, the chavchyvav, traditionally engaged in nomadic reindeer herding. Coastal Koryak, or nymylu, led a settled way of life by the sea and rivers, where they fished and hunted sea mammals. Continue Reading
The Even—formerly called the Lamu—are one of the “small peoples” of the Russian Far East. They live in small groups across a broad region that extends from the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in the west to parts of the Chukchi and Koryak regions in the east. According to the 1989 census there were 17,000 Even in these territories. The Even language belongs to the Tungus branch of the Tungus-Manchurian languages. In our language, we call ourselves eben or evesil. Continue Reading
Yupik (Asiatic Eskimo)
Ludmila Ainana, Tatiana Achirgina-Arsiak, Tasian Tein