THE UNFRIENDLY border area of Eastern Sayan Mountain between Russia and Mongolia, where the Subarctic begins, is called home by the nomadic tribe Tsaatan. Today there are less than 50 families left.
It took me 4 days drive on a dirt road with an old Russian SUV and a drunken driver. Then I had to continue for one more day riding a horse till I reached the summer camp of the Tsaatan people.
On my arrival I was surprised how inhospitable Tsataan were. It took me lot of efforts till I convinced them to let me stay for a week.
During the first days I didn’t even touch my camera. I wanted to get to know Tsaatan better and be one of them. I was cutting lumber, milking reindeers, bringing fresh water from the river, all kind of work that others do. 4 or 5 days later the elders started to joke with me. Not that I understood much of what they were saying but at least, everybody was laughing. Gradually Tsataan started to open themselves in front of me and my camera.
On the picture you will see Munha and her uncle short before their departure. they had to find a new location where to move the camp during the winter.