Published on 21st February 2018

Out-of-the-way

  • A bear's skin is crucified on a house. It is the skin of the insomniac bear that came at night and ate the dogs, attacked people, and got into the house through the window. A married couple climbed the roof in panic and waited until the morning to neutralise the beast. They waited until morning because it is pitch-dark at night. There is only electricity in this settlement for 14 hours a day, in the morning and the evening. There is no central power supply service, only a small diesel-driven station. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

  • Valentina (34), mother of four is holding her daughter. Varvara who is 10 months old is playing with fox skin. The family is interethnic: mother is Russian and father is half Tungus. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

  • Children run around with sweets inside the house during New Year holiday season. Lip of the moose is a traditional New Year meal and delicacy. Defrosting meat straight on the table is very typical here. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2015

  • Local hunter washes his face with snow. To sustain good physical form and health (that is essential for a hunter) locals workout and ski. Rubbing snow on face and body is very common, especially after workouts and banya (Russian sauna). Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

  • The elk horns decorated with a Christmas garland. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • Spring view from the window cabin (Hunter's house / Hunting lodge). Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • This is Nikita, he is 14 years old. He sorts networks after fishing in a break between preparation for final examinations at school. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • Crucian and the summer kitchen in the old house of the grandmother Marusya. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • Valeriy, 60. (He is my uncle, my father’s younger brother) . He is the head of our family in the settlement. There were about 20 family members living there, but recently more and more people leave. He is a hunter in the 5th generation. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • The place for reflections in the wood. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • Fish needs to be brought live to the village. Fishes live in forest lakes to which it is necessary to go by the boat down the river several days, hunters spend the night on this long way. Live fishes in a special cage are left for the night. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • Inside the winter cabin (Hunter's house / Hunting lodge). Cabin is located 45 km up the river from the settlement. It has belonged to our family for more than 80 years. The cabins are often located at the confluence of rivers. The cabin is named “Unokta” that is the name of a small river in the area. The tale of the wood grouse is hanging above the bed – the hunting season for wood grouse and ducks is in spring and autumn. Family members and friends stay in the cabin during it. The cabin is also used to process the fish catch during the fishing season.
    Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • This is winter cabin (Hunter's house / Hunting lodge) called «Voron» it means The Raven. Cabin is located 80 km down the river from the settlement. Family members and friends stay in the cabin during it. The cabin is also used to proсes the fish catch during the fishing season. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • This is the young hunter Mikhail, he is 30 years old. He trains young horses in a birchwood, near the village. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • Five-year-old Irishka pose on the old «parka» - hunting coat. As with many families in the village, she is a mixture of cultures and ethnicities: her mother is Tungus, and her father is Russian. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • Pregnant mare found in the field outside the settlement. Horses in the settlement are semi-feral. They return or get taken back into the settlement during mid spring and fall. Sometimes in March when Mares are due to foal, temperatures can still drop up to -40C, so locals chase them down on snowmobiles and bring them back to the settlement. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

  • The young woman in the yard of the house. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • The head of a reindeer hangs in the yard. It was lifted on height that dogs haven't gnawed. Later, when there will be time for processing, horns will be used for decoration of an interior. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2015

  • Dogs live outside the houses in dog kennels all year around. Locals crossbreed dogs with best hunting qualities and keep genealogical track of each animal. There is a waiting list to get one of such dogs. Katangsky District, 2016

  • Tracks of snowmobile on the winter road (road constructed of snow, ice and frozen ground). There are barely any cars in the area due to the absence of roads. Locals use mostly Russian snowmobiles «Buran» as they are cheap in service and spare parts and can operate on low quality fuel. Snow level reaches up to 1,5 meters. People also use horses and skis for transportation. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

Out-of-the-way

Daily Life, Nature & Environment, Documentary

Tagged with:
  • isolation
  • winter
  • nizhnyaya tunguska river
  • hunting
  • extrime north
  • russia
  • siberia
  • taiga