The margins of human civilization house some of the greatest secrets and mysteries. With globalization encroaching more and more on those that try and maintain their unique ways of life, it’s incredible to observe those that persevere. This is what makes the Dukha people of Mongolia so fascinating. The nomadic tribe has lived in the […]

A Photographer Visited This Lost Mongolian Tribe. And The Pictures He Took Are Stunning..


  • The margins of human civilization house some of the greatest secrets and mysteries. With globalization encroaching more and more on those that try and maintain their unique ways of life, it’s incredible to observe those that persevere.

    This is what makes the Dukha people of Mongolia so fascinating. The nomadic tribe has lived in the region for centuries. During that time, they have developed a relationship with wild animals that is utterly amazing. Photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami recently documented them in a series of stunning photographs.

    Through their own brand of animal husbandry, the Dukha people have learned to use reindeer as a means of transportation over the treacherous terrain they call home.

    Children are taught how to train the reindeer at an early age.

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    The reindeer, once accustomed to their human friends, are rather docile and gentle companions to even the smallest Dukha child.

    This young Dukha girl prepares to bathe a reindeer calf.

    The Dukha are also referred to as “Tsaatan,” a term that translates to “reindeer herder.”

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    These days, there are only about 44 Dukha families left, totaling about 200-400 people. The reindeer herds are thinning as well.

    The Dukha make a living off of the tourist industry, as people often pay good money for performances, crafts and reindeer rides.

    They do not only domesticate reindeer, however. They also train wolves.

    They are known to hunt small woodland animals like rabbits, the pelts of which can earn them about two US dollars.

    Dukha also train golden eagles to aid in their hunting.

    Eagle hunting is held in high esteem and considered a privilege. Those who are able to do it are well respected in the community.

    The Dukha believe they have a spiritual connection with all animals.

    This connection allows them to feel at home in nature and maintain their culture despite the encroaching outside world.

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    It’s truly incredible to see the Dukha’s relationship with the natural world, and how they work to preserve their way of life.

    Anybody else suddenly wants a pet reindeer?

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