«True people» (Nenei nenecha) – self-name of Nenets, the indigenous people of the Yamal peninsula, and the name of the complex 2015–2016 ethnographic expedition. Project participants and the visitors of the resource will be the part of the reindeer herders's family during the whole year just to «dive» in the casual life of the modern XXI century nomads.



On May 19th we've arrived at our 12th encampment: N 69º41'16,7'' E 069º21'51,8'',  distance - 6 kilometers. We don't make more than 5-7 kilometers daily. Fully used to new rhythm: moving at night time - and then sleep till late afternoon. Usually we reach our next encampment, build the chum and drink tea about 4- o'clock in the early morning, and then go to bed.  

This time during the standing we've slaughtered one reindeer and ate raw reindeer meet. It's second time herdsmen slaughter reindeers from the beginning of April.


On May 22nd we arrived at our 13th encampment: N 69º43'26,3'' E 069º23'15,7''. This day we've covered a distance of about 4 kilometers.  

Because of unexpected warmth rivers are already freed from the ice. This day we crossed two narrow rivers -  Neva-Yaha and Yabto-Limbya-Yaha - and made our camp on the bank of Limbya-Yaha river. Myangcha haunted two first gooses and partriges.

On May 22nd we arrived at our 14th encampment: N 69º44'29,0'' E 069º19'50,9'', covered a distance of 3 kilometers.

This days we had to cross Limbya-Yaha river, one of the wide rivers on our nomadic way. Next wide river will be Mordy-Yaha, which we are planning to cross about June 15th. After we arrive at the river bank, we realized that water is too high and decided to wait for another several days. 

We also would like to publish here a Facebook comment of Hudi Sergey, vice-president of Association "Yamal for descendants":

Reindeers are extremely weak this time of the year. First reason is the food: after winter time there is not much to eat for them, and underskin fat is almost gone. if reindeers were not vaccinated against botflies in Autumn, it can be another reason for discomfort and weakness. She-deers are feeding newborns and also get skinny and exhausted. Also velvet antlers are growing and require a lot of energy. This time there is no other choice but continue moving, but covering very shord distances every time.  

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