The ancient Arctic Chukchi live on the peninsula of the Chukotka. Unlike other native groups of Siberia, they have never been conquered by Russian troops. Their environment and traditional culture endured destruction under Soviet rule, by weapon testing and pollution. 

“The way you treat your dog in this life determines your place in heaven”

Due to the harsh climate and difficulty of life in the tundra, hospitality and generosity are highly prized among the Chukchi. They believe that all natural phenomena are considered to have their own spirits. Traditional lifestyle still survives but is increasingly supplemented.

Arctic Tundra, Vankarem, Chukotka Eduard Taeragtin, Second Brigade Chukotka Russia, 2012 Vladilen Kavri Oxana Teyunrultett & Oleasya Etguest, Second Brigade Chukotka Russia, 2012 Reindeer Second Brigade Chukotka Chukchi traditions Vyacheslav & Olesya Yaranga Second Brigade Second Brigade, Chukotka Chukchi Mystery Chukchi traditions Storytelling