A Photographer Visited A Lost Mongolian Tribe And Took Some Seriously Amazing Photos

No matter how advanced the technology gets, there are still a lot of places and many cultures that are unexplored, at least for the most of us.

Since the earliest days, our civilization has improved a lot, and we have developed the world to an extend, which would be unbelievable for the earlier generations.

As globalization has made it a bit harder for smaller cultures to preserve their unique way of traditions, beliefs and benefits, finding a small group of people who have somehow stayed connected to their ancestors and nature, until this day, is just mind blowing!

For more than a decade, an anthropologist and photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami has traveled the world.

He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in the field of Inner Asian cultures and languages, and knows the Mongolian and Tibetan languages.

According to the website that he has:

Sardar-Afkhami, was inspired by the leaders of exploration photography, and he is devoting his cameras to tell the true story of the endangered cultures who still maintain a spiritual connection with nature.

Crossing over 10 years and over the world, Sardar-Afkhami has coordinated and delivered a few prize-winning component narratives and mechanical movies for corporate customers. His articles have been highlighted in lofty productions, for example, National Geographic, Geo, Le Figaro Magazine and Paris Match. 

At the point when he was visiting the East Asian nation of Mongolia, he visited the lost tribe of Dukha, and went through quite a long while with them. 

The straightforward life in the tribe entranced him, and his charming photographs uncover an entire world outside of human advancement. 

He additionally shot a narrative on them, with the title “The Reindeer People”, that has won the Best Film on Mountain Culture prize by the Banff Mountain Film Festival. 

The Dukha individuals or the Tsataans, (a term that signifies “reindeer herder”) have a place with a Tuvan-Turkic ethnic group that has lived on the outskirt of Mongolia and Russia for centuries. 

They are relatives of locals Russia’s Siberia and Khvosgol, a northern area in Mongolia. They are migrants that live in remote forests and move from one field to the next around five to multiple times every year. 

Regardless of their cutting edge garments, these individuals carry on with a similar life as they did hundreds of years back. They have faith in their genealogical spirits, which are thought to live in the sacred forests. 

These individuals are reindeer herders, which they do since youthful. At the point when the reindeer are excessively youthful, they are prepped and prepared by children. 

The northern reindeer (sp. Rangifer tarandus) is the totem animal and the focal associating part of their way of life. 

The Dukhans raise reindeer for cheddar, milk, and yogurt, use them for transportation, offer reindeer visits and offer them to brokers from the urban areas. 

The reindeer is totally trained, and they accept their way of life will kick the bucket if these animals become extinct. 

In addition, these otherworldly individuals accept they have an extraordinary association with natural life, and they likewise train birds, bears, and wolves. Hawk chasing is an ages-old custom, and it is viewed as a benefit. Hawk trackers are well-regarded inside the tribe. 

Sadly, their populace is significantly lower than previously, and starting at 2010, they are around 282 individuals and less than 44 families. 

Hamid says: 

They’re positively a withering society. The quantity of families has fallen in light of the fact that a great deal of them have been combined with the standard network. A significant number of them have moved to the towns and even to the capital urban areas. 

The greatest danger in Sardar-Afkhami’s view is the deserting from the more youthful Dukha age, who would prefer not to live in the unforgiving conditions in the taiga (or “snow forests”). 

They need to go down and remain in warm lodges in the winter, perhaps purchase a vehicle and drive. There’s a major intrigue to the cutting edge life. The hardships of the customary life as a reindeer herder positively play a factor. 

Hamid additionally keeps up that the quick decrease in the populace has been a consequence of the administration’s choice to shut off the Dukhans’ chasing ground as a national, secured park. 

Sadly, the reindeer are likewise biting the dust at a quick rate because of sicknesses and the inaccessibility of drug. 

Then again, the Dukhans have not profited a great deal from the travel industry either. The travel industry is for the most part thought around the reindeer, and a couple of pictures with these animals cost 5,000 Mongolian tugriks ($2.50). Travelers can likewise attempt deer-rides, horse-rides, and voyages through their camps. 

However, many have scrutinized the tribe for utilizing the reindeer as an approach to pull in guests to their camps. 

Timur Yadamsuren, a representative for Intrepid Travel in Mongolia, reported: 

Numerous explorers are of the supposition that this territory isn’t the best condition for the reindeer as they’re local to a lot colder atmospheres and are brought to Lake Khovsgol so the herders can profit by the travel industry. Therefore Intrepid Travel doesn’t prescribe this action.

Enkhatuya, a leader of a group of Dukhans who live on the edges of the forests, asserts that the animals are dealt with like family members by the tribe:

As a culture, we have very deep bonds with our reindeer. They are just like any family member to us. And we would never abuse them, and we can assure you they are not suffering.

She believes that their community is going to thrive again:

Young people are returning back to continue our ancestral traditions. They are closer to the culture and the tribe than ever. And they also are speaking our native language.

Keeping our fingers crossed!

Sources:
familylifegoals.com
themindcircle.com
chaosmosnews.net
hamidsardarphoto.com

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