Saturday, May 24, 2014

Meet Mongolian Reindeer Herders Fighting To Save Their Way Of Life

Deep in the Mongolian snowforest, the Dukha (also known as Tsaatan) people have herded reindeer for thousands of years. They are one of the few remaining nomadic tribes still living remotely from civilization, but their lives have changed rapidly over the last 15 years.

Dutch photographer Jeroen Toirkens — who has documented nomadic peoples for a decade — traveled to Mongolia a few years ago to find out how life for the Dukha has changed and how it has remained the same.

When he got there, Toirkens found a traditional way of life at constant odds with a country attempting to modernize. With the government contracting foreign mining companies to develop its lucrative natural resources, the Dukha have often been left by the wayside.

Toirkens shared some photos from his trip to Mongolia, and you can see the rest at NomadsLife or in his book "Nomad," which documents more than 10 different nomadic peoples across the world.

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