Published on 21st February 2018

Out-of-the-way

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The young woman in the yard of the house. 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

  • 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

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

  • The paws of a rogue bear. Bears are not usually hunted as their meat is often infected and not fit for human consumption. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

  • View of the village on a winter evening. The average temperature in winter is about -45 Celsius. Electricity in the village is from the generator in the morning and in the evening. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2015

  • 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

  • Six-year-old Svetlana and her five-year- old brother, Semyon — pose on the floor of their home. As with many families in the village, theirs is a mixture of cultures and ethnicities: Their mother is Russian, and their father is half Tungus. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hand of the hunter and horn of an old deer. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2017

  • 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

  • Reproduction of famous Russian painting by Vasily Perov called “Hunters at rest” inside the local house. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

  • Archive photo. Uncle Sasha in his youth in a traditional hunting coat - «parka». Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia,

  • Installation view. The legend of how the river became salty. But people stayed and prefer to drinking salty tea. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

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  • isolation
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  • nizhnyaya tunguska river
  • hunting
  • extrime north
  • russia
  • siberia
  • taiga