The Beautiful Way of Life for the Reindeer People of Mongolia

These incredible photographs taken by photographer and scholar Hamid Sardar-Afkhami offer us a beautiful insight into the lives of the nomadic Dukha people in northern Mongolia.

The Dukha people rely on herds of migrating reindeer in order to get by on a daily basis, domesticating them in order to use them as a means of transport as well as using them as a source of milk, cheese and fur. Like many traditional cultures, their way of life is slowly dying out as both their population and the reindeers numbers dwindle.

At a population estimated between 200 – 400 people, the Dukha now rely on tourism as one of their main sources of income. Visiting tourists come to ride the reindeer and buy their crafts as souvenirs. Sardar-Afkhami thought it was important to document the Dukha way of life before it disappears forever.

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