Photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami Provides Insight Into The World Of The Reindeer People Of Mongolia

 

Imagine relying on herds of migrating reindeer for your day to day existence. Well, the Dukha people of northern Mongolia traditionally have. Now their everyday life has been beautifully captured by photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami. The Dukha nomads domesticate reindeer, riding them, breeding them and using them for milk, cheese and fur. Estimates of the entire Dukha population range between 200 and 400 people, it's a way of life dying out due to diminishing herds and diminishing populations of people. In fact today, the Dukha people rely mainly on visiting tourists, who come to buy their crafts and ride their reindeer. Sardar-Afkhami has a PhD in Sanskrit and Tibetan Studies and via his photographs, he has beautifully documented this way of life before it disappears entirely. He has also made a documentary about the Dukha, called The Reindeer People. Check out his gorgeous photography below! 

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