Our civilization has progressed since humans first stepped foot on the planet. We now have dwellings and cities that our forefathers could never have dreamed, dating back to the bronze and stone ages.
It is commonly understood that not everyone wishes to adjust to environmental changes while continuing to live their current lifestyles. Mongolian tribes are one example.
Photographer Hamid Sardar Afkhami documented the extraordinary moments he saw while visiting this forgotten community. This area has been home to these nomads for ages. For decades, nature has played an important role in their lives.
The Dukha people have a special bond with reindeer as a result of their many years of living with them. Reindeers have been a big aid to them for many generations in the harsh environment they live in.
Reindeers are not only their closest animal companions, but also their favorite form of transportation.
The Dukha tribe’s children are taught how to train and tame reindeer from an early age.
Reindeer are kind and docile, so even the smallest Dukha children may trust them
The child is joined by a newborn reindeer as she prepares the reindeer for a wash
The Dukha is also known as “Tsaatan” because of its reindeer herder status
The number of Dukha families has shrunk to 44 in recent years. They are home to between 200 and 400 individuals. Their numbers are dwindling, just like those of their reindeer
Their main source of income is tourism. Tourists would pay for performances, crafts, and reindeer rides during their visits.
Not just reindeer, but also wolves, are well-trained by them
Rabbits and other small woodland animals are hunted and sometimes sold for around two dollars each
Dukha hunters hunt with golden eagles from other tribes in addition to training their own. They appear to be capable of training nearly any animal
Their tribe has the unique opportunity to hunt eagles. They are respected by the eagle hunters.
Plants and animals, according to their beliefs, are spiritually connected
Their connection to nature allows them to maintain their culture despite the impact of the outside world
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