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Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Reindeer outdo horses in this steep and snowy Mongolian terrain, allowing the Dukha to evade many of the upheavals that have historically afflicted people in the lowlands, from Genghis Khan to Communism.
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZB
May 21, 2018
Tsetse, six-year-old daughter of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu, rides a reindeer in a forest near the...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Tsetse, six-year-old daughter of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu, rides a reindeer in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. Tsetse spends many hours every day darting through the forest on reindeer back. Because of their lighter bodyweight, children train young reindeer to get them used to carrying a rider and responding to a combination of vocal commands, prodding, heel-kicking and pulling the leash. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZU
May 21, 2018
Smoke rises from the chimney of the family tent of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu in a forest near the...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Smoke rises from the chimney of the family tent of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. "We wake up and have breakfast then release the reindeer. We herd them and at twelve o'clock we make them come back. Then while they are tied up, I chop some wood and do some other chores. I then relax for an hour or so. Later I release the reindeer again and around seven or eight o'clock I bring them back and tie them up again. By then, the woman of the family would have prepared some food, so this is how we spend our day," Chuluu said. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
A Dukha nomad drives a herd of reindeer in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag,...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
A Dukha nomad drives a herd of reindeer in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. This herd of some 300 heads is the combined property of four families. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Tsetse, six-year-old daughter of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu, leads a reindeer by the leash as she...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Tsetse, six-year-old daughter of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu, leads a reindeer by the leash as she brings in the herd before nightfall in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. The herd is taken to nearby grazing spots twice a day. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Reindeer lick the salt off the coat of a Dukha nomad in the camp of her family in a forest near the village...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Reindeer lick the salt off the coat of a Dukha nomad in the camp of her family in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Ethnic Dukha nomad Jargal Gombosed drinks salty milk tea in her tent in the forest near the village of...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Ethnic Dukha nomad Jargal Gombosed drinks salty milk tea in her tent in the forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Baigalmaa Munkhbat dresses her six-year-old daughter Tsetse, as her husband Erdenebat Chuluu watches,...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Baigalmaa Munkhbat dresses her six-year-old daughter Tsetse, as her husband Erdenebat Chuluu watches, in their tent near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. "My husband is a very good person, he provides for us in every way," Munkhbat said. "My daughter is very smart for her age. I want to make sure my only daughter has all the skills she needs for life," she said. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Baigalmaa Munkhbat prepares food for her family in their tent near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Baigalmaa Munkhbat prepares food for her family in their tent near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. The diet of the nomad consists mainly of meat and products made with flour, like dough to make dumplings and a local type of pasta. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZY
May 21, 2018
Shaman Kyzyl-ool reacts outside his tent after performing a ritual near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Shaman Kyzyl-ool reacts outside his tent after performing a ritual near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. "At the beginning I often thought, why me? I didn't like carrying these spirits, but I can't do anything about it, because I was chosen," he said about becoming a Shaman. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu walks through a forest to bring in his reindeer before nightfall,...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu walks through a forest to bring in his reindeer before nightfall, near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. The Dukha nomads have been roaming freely the vast Taiga forests of the eastern Sayan Mountains for generations until an international border was drawn between the Republic of Tuva, later part of the Soviet Union, and Mongolia in 1926. Today, the majority of the Dukha live on the Mongolian side of the border. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
A reindeer lies in the snow in the camp of Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu at daybreak in the...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
A reindeer lies in the snow in the camp of Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu at daybreak in the forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. Reindeer feel most comfortable in cold climate, which is why the Dukha move their camps higher up the mountains in summer. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZT
May 21, 2018
Ethnic Dukha Jargal Gombosed talks with her daughter and granddaughter in their tent in a forest near...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Ethnic Dukha Jargal Gombosed talks with her daughter and granddaughter in their tent in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. "In my day, everything, like rice and flour, were really rare. But now, as long as you have money, you can get anything, any clothes," Gombosed said. "Things were different in the past," she said. "When I was young we didn't have any such thing as a phone, so you would only hear news when you went down to the village centre. But now people have phones and also TVs." REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZS
May 21, 2018
Ethnic Dukha nomad Jargal Gombosed holds her grandchild outside her family's reindeer pen in the forest...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Ethnic Dukha nomad Jargal Gombosed holds her grandchild outside her family's reindeer pen in the forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. The pen holds the reindeer herd of the families of four of her children. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Local doctor Davaajav Nyamaa visits a patient in her family's tent in the Taiga forest near the village...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Local doctor Davaajav Nyamaa visits a patient in her family's tent in the Taiga forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZN
May 21, 2018
Tsetse, six-year-old daughter of Dukha herder Erdenebat, rides a reindeer in a forest near the village...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Tsetse, six-year-old daughter of Dukha herder Erdenebat, rides a reindeer in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Local doctor Davaajav Nyamaa rides a reindeer to visit nomads in the forest near the village of Tsagaannuur,...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Local doctor Davaajav Nyamaa rides a reindeer to visit nomads in the forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. Nyamaa is an ethnic Darkhad, herders of northern Mongolia who have historically inhabited the steppe that borders the Taiga forests. He grew up around the Dukha, whom he visits as a doctor for checkups and treatments in their tents on a regular basis. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZM
May 21, 2018
Tsetse, six-year-old daughter of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu, sits among her family's reindeer in a...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Tsetse, six-year-old daughter of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu, sits among her family's reindeer in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZK
May 21, 2018
Pupils leave the village school in Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. People who are between 35-40...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Pupils leave the village school in Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. People who are between 35-40 years old, belong to the last generation that speak the Dukhan language, linguist Elisabetta Ragagnin said. Together with the head teacher of the school in Tsagaannuur, she is writing grammar and textbooks in the nomad's native tongue to help preserve traditional knowledge, she said. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZI
May 21, 2018
Shaman Kyzyl-ool collapses after performing a ritual in his tent near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Shaman Kyzyl-ool collapses after performing a ritual in his tent near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. "When I begin the ritual I know what I'm doing, but when the spirit comes to me, I'm not in control anymore. When the spirit comes, I feel like I'm going into a dark hole," he said after performing a ritual marking the first day of the lunar month in his tent. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZH
May 21, 2018
Ethnic Dukha pupil Davaajargal Taivan stands outside the rented house of her family in Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Ethnic Dukha pupil Davaajargal Taivan stands outside the rented house of her family in Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. Taivan's family decided to use government's monthly handout to rent a house in the village, so that her mother can be with her and her brother while they attend school. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Local doctor Davaajav Nyamaa uses a telephone to call patients in a tent in the Taiga forest near the...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Local doctor Davaajav Nyamaa uses a telephone to call patients in a tent in the Taiga forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. The nomads use large antennas which they attach to the trees to connect to the 3G mobile network. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
A reindeer of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu stands in front of a white backdrop in a forest near the...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
A reindeer of Dukha herder Erdenebat Chuluu stands in front of a white backdrop in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. Reindeer lose their antlers once a year and grow a new rack in late spring to early summer. Females, like this one, keep their antlers longer than males.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZF
May 21, 2018
Ethnic Dukha Purevjav Roslov sells jewellery made from wolf ankles to tourists in the settlement of Ulaan-Uul,...
ULAAN UUL, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Ethnic Dukha Purevjav Roslov sells jewellery made from wolf ankles to tourists in the settlement of Ulaan-Uul, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. "We kill the wolves to protect the reindeer and to earn money from the tourists," he said, adding that this was his main business, as it is more lucrative than herding reindeer. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZE
May 21, 2018
Otgonkhuu Tseveen, the son of a Dukha family, talks to his teacher at the village school in Tsagaannuur,...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Otgonkhuu Tseveen, the son of a Dukha family, talks to his teacher at the village school in Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. "Tuvan... I don't really know... my parents sometimes speak it as they're older and I've picked up a few words but even though I know a bit, I can't say a full sentence," he said about the native language of the Dukha. "I regret that I don't know how to speak this traditional language that my parents speak." REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
A reindeer stands in the evening sun after an afternoon of grazing in the camp of Dukha reindeer herder...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
A reindeer stands in the evening sun after an afternoon of grazing in the camp of Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Baigalmaa Munkhbat prepares food for her nomad family in their tent near the village of Tsagaannuur,...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Baigalmaa Munkhbat prepares food for her nomad family in their tent near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu rests on a stick as he travels with his animals to visit neighbours...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu rests on a stick as he travels with his animals to visit neighbours near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. Chuluu has lived all his life in the centuries-old tradition of his Dukha ancestors, renowned for their reindeer-herding and hunter-gathering skills in the forests of the rugged Sayan Mountains straddling the Russian border. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
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May 21, 2018
An aerial picture shows the camp of Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu and his daughter Tsetse riding...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
An aerial picture shows the camp of Dukha reindeer herder Erdenebat Chuluu and his daughter Tsetse riding a reindeer in a forest near the village of Tsagaannuur, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. The tepee-style tent of the Dukha has a conical frame made of wooden poles and canvas and serves as a family home all year around. The pole structure is left behind when they move to a new camp to be re-used the following year. REUTERS/Natalie Thomas
MONGOLIA-REINDEER/HERDERS
RTS1SLZA
May 21, 2018
An aerial picture shows the village of Tsagaannuur at Dod Nuur Lake, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. Tsagaannuur...
TSAGAANNUUR, Mongolia
The Wider Image: Mongolia's reindeer herders fear lost identity
An aerial picture shows the village of Tsagaannuur at Dod Nuur Lake, Khovsgol aimag, Mongolia. Tsagaannuur is the nearest village for reindeer herders living in the forests. It was built during Soviet times to support a fishing collective that also employed many Dukha, until it ceased operation after the collapse of the Soviet economy in the 1990s. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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