The Dolgan, a reindeer-herding people, live in the most northerly mainland region of the Arctic – the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia. Siberia is also the coldest region of the Arctic. The Dolgan live in extended family groups, occupying reindeer skin huts all year-round, even though temperatures can reach minus 60 degrees Centigrade. They must move their herds of several hundred reindeer every week or two in search of the best foraging – and that means the Dolgan must move too. They have developed the unique solution of building their huts on sleds so they don’t have to take down tents every time they move, as other reindeer-herding peoples do. Reindeer fur is an extremely good insulator so these huts, as well as being very warm, are very light and easy for the reindeer to pull.
Photo by Bryan and
for Frozen Planet.