Wenga’s family: Angelina and her children Denis, Linda and Dima. The Nenets are a small people of Taimyr. All their lives they roam with herds of deer on the tundra. Photograph: Yulia Nevskaya / all-about-photo.com
The work of the Russian photographer Yulia Nevskaya “Tundra People”—a photograph of a happy woman from the Russian northern region of Taimyr surrounded by three children won first prize in the All About Photo Magazine travel photography competition.
This photograph’s victory is particularly noteworthy for the UNESCO-announced Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022–2032), which will focus on the rights of native speakers of indigenous languages.
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Nevskaya worked a lot in the north of Russia, including with small peoples: the Nenets and the Sami. She took many photographs in one of the most interesting and northern cities of Russia—Norilsk—home town for the global leader in the production of the mineral nickel—Norilsk Nickel.
The winner photo shows Angelina Wanga with her children Denis, Linda and Dima. The picture was taken at the end of April. Snow in the tundra will melt only at the beginning of summer.
The Wang family is the Nenets. All year round they roam the tundra in the south of Taimyr.
In the north of Siberia, on the Taimyr Peninsula, there are several indigenous small-numbered peoples of the Far North: the Evenks, Nganasans, Enets, Dolgans and Nenets. Some of them changed their way of life to the one familiar to most of us and settled in cities and villages.
But many continue to wander and live the way their ancestors lived for many centuries in a row, with the only difference that now in mobile homes there is almost always a cellular connection and a tablet with games for children, and not only deer are used as draft force, but also snowmobiles.
By the way, Norilsk Nickel helps in the development of the region, including small peoples: the Nenets and the Sami.
Photos of the series were taken near the port of Dudinka. Veenga’s family, Leonid, Angelina and their children—Nenets. All year round they roam the tundra in the south of Taimyr. The duration of the stay mainly depends on the size of the herd, the Wang family has about 800 deer and in one place they usually stay no more than three days.
Each family lives autonomously, but they keep in touch with each other and meet periodically. Children live with their parents until they start their own family—except when they leave for boarding schools in nearby villages to get an education. Linda, daughter of Leonid and Angelina, is six years old, and soon she will also leave to study. At the same time, as a rule, the majority of boys and girls after school return to a nomadic lifestyle if their family remains in the tundra.
The Taymyr Peninsula is a peninsula in the Far North of Russia, in the Siberian Federal District, that forms the northernmost part of the mainland of Eurasia. Administratively it is part of the Krasnoyarsk Krai Federal subject of Russia.