Pictures of Mongolia's Reindeer People

Mongolian Reindeer Pictures: Dukha Boy with Squirrel Skins from Hunt
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With squirrels hanging from his reindeer's saddle, a young Dukha boy returns from a hunt in the winter. Squirrel skins are an important source of income for the Dukha, or Tsaatan, people: Each squirrel pelt sells for the equivalent of two U.S. dollars on the market.

The Dukha live in remote forests in northwestern Mongolia. As these forests decline in size and commercial hunting increases in popularity, the Dukha and predators like wolves struggle to find sufficient food to survive. The reindeer is becoming a common source of food for both Dukha and wolf.

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Photo gallery by Chelsea Lane-Miller
Photograph copyright Hamid Sardar
 
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