Siberian Tundra

by Ne'Chelle Hamilton

Tundra Animals

  • Polar Bear
  • Caribou
  • Arctic Fox
  • Arctic Hare
  • Snowy Owl
  • Musk Ox
  • Rock Ptarmigan


Every Nenets has a sacred reindeer, which must not be harnessed or slaughtered until it is no longer able to walk.

It is eaten raw, frozen or boiled, together with the blood of a freshly slaughtered reindeer, which is rich in vitamins. They also eat fish such as white salmon and muksun, a silvery-colored whitefish and gather mountain cranberry during the summer months. (© Steve Morgan) #

Under a leaden grey sky, a Nenets family is on the move: women pack the sleds used to carry their belongings. At night, the sleds are arranged in half-circles around the choom.