The North Corrida (ongoing project) - PhMuseum

The North Corrida (ongoing project)

Tatiana Plotnikova

2010 - Ongoing

Reindeer breeding is for a very long time the main occupation of Khanty people living in Tundra. In the end of each year reindeer-breeders carry out the slaughtering of reindeers to get winter stock of meat, make new warm cloths and to have some money to buy snowmobiles and portable generators. They run their herds hundreds kilometers to slaughterhouse to count and select animals. Some animals are slaughtered while others left alive. Slaughtering season is up to one month depending on the number of reindeers. It takes 1 or 2 days to deal with a 2,000 animal herd. Despite the fact that Yamal region is very reach and full of "gas money", only a few slaughtering stations use more or less civilized methods of slaughtering. The whole process hasn't changed for hundreds years: 15-20 reindeers are penned one by one and breeders decide the death and life dilemma for the animals... Blood on the snow, body pieces and animal skins... Smell of death over this "North corrida" throws reindeers into horror and rage. Sometimes breeders leave the place with their broken ribs, hands or legs like matadors. No matter how dangerous and heavy this job is the atmosphere of savage and revelry reigns over the place.

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  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city. Small fawn is running in the middle of slaughterhouse.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city. Stasik is a little boy who came at slaughterhouse together with his father who was a reindeer breeder. Childs of reindeer breeders live with their parents in Tundra until they are 7 years old. After that they have to be sent to boarding schools to live and study there. And only few of them will return back to Tundra to follow to traditional style of life.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city. The reindeer-breeders are choosing the next victim.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city. The reindeer-breeder Ivan and his two brothers (Komi people) have a little smoke break after their hard work in the course of a long day.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city. The reindeer tries to jump over the slaughterhouse's barrier.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city.

  • Tyumen region.The Nenets boy is in the tundra.

  • Tyumen region.The Nenets family in their tent in the tundra.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city.

  • Tyumen region, the abattoir near Labytnangi city.


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