The Moment by Evgenia Arbugaeva Tusk and Sunset: A mammoth’s tusk spikes the Siberian sky on Bolshoy Lyakhovskiy Island. Tusks that are discovered with the mammoth’s skull still attached, like this one, are not considered more valuable, notes photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva. She spent two months on the island to document the hunt for ancient ivory. “They can’t sell the skull,” she says of the tusk hunters. There is no need to saw off the tusk from the skull. They just pull it out, like pulling out a tooth.
For weeks, my brother lay in a coma, hanging between life and death! And then one morning, he opened his eyes. But I knew he would never be the same again. We never did return to the cave and to this day I have ‘never ever’ betrayed our secret.