The Nenet are reindeer herders, migrating across the Yamal peninsula for more than a millennium already, facing with temperatures ranging from -50°C in winter to 35°C in summer. Their annual migration of over a 1000 km includes a 48 km crossing of the frozen waters of the Ob River. 

“If you don’t drink warm blood and eat fresh meat, you are doomed to die on the tundra”

The discovery of oil and gas reserves in the 1970s and the expanding infrastructure on the peninsula has challenged their indigenous lifestyle. From the late Stalin period, all children have been enrolled in Soviet boarding schools, this has become a part of the typical Nenet life cycle.

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