Elena Chernyshova

Taimyr (Taymyr), Krasnoyarski Kr, Russia

A hunter, dressed for the cold (temperatures can fall to minus 35 Celsius) at a camp deep in the wilderness, stands with a rifle beside piles of reindeer carcasses frozen in the snow and ice. The hunters shoot reindeer after chasing them down by snowmobiles but they also corral the wild reindeer into fenced in compounds at their camps. The Taimyr region, about 400 km into the Arctic Circle, is the habitat for 70 percent of the world's wild reindeer herds. In the 1970s hunting was carried out on an industrial scale, developed and managed by the Soviet government. After the collapse of the USSR a period of stagnation continued until a new generation of hunters began to resume and re-establish the practice. With the market for reindeer meat expanding internationally an opportunity to develop a new economy, based on industrial hunting which mixes tradition with modernity, has arisen in this remote area. It also offers the indigenous people of the area a vital economic resource. However, life for the polar hunters is a permanent struggle, facing harsh conditions and a lack of infrastructure, as well as difficulties in marketing their products, access to markets and environmental changes.

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Elena Chernyshova
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Taimyr (Taymyr), Krasnoyarski Kr
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Russia
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