The Tsaatan People A photography project by Madoka Ikegami

The Tsaatan people are one of Mongolia’s last groups of nomadic reindeer herders that has been maintaining it’s traditions for thousands of years — this documentary series offers a portrait of their fast-disappearing traditions.

The Tsaatan seasonally migrate within the forests of the Taiga according to weather and food conditions. They migrate to better care for their reindeer, which they depend on for milk and transportation.

Today, they are facing challenges to their traditional way of life: recently introduced laws aimed at conservation are limiting their ability to hunt wild animals for food and climate change is gravely affecting their habitat. Also, changing weather seems to be exposing the reindeer to new diseases.

Previously self-supporting, they now are partly dependent on government handouts and tourism which enable them to buy meat and other supplies. Still, millennia-old tradition are under grave threat.

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