KAMCHATKA, A WINTER WITH THE EVEN
Director(s): Mike MAGIDSON – Writer(s): Nastassja MARTIN Contact Print page
Nastassja Martin, an anthropologist specializing in the territories of the far north, takes us to meet and spend a winter with an indigenous people she knows well: the Even reindeer herders in Kamchatka.
Thanks to her privileged relationship with these "wild souls", we will be immersed in the daily reality of the clans and families of the Russian Far East, offering a unique and intimate perspective of their way of life. We’ll discover how these men and women continue their existence in their own singular way, how they keep their traditional culture alive despite ever increasing pressure of the Western world and profound environmental changes.
It's winter when we arrive in Kamchatka ... Nastassja is going to tell us the story of the Even reindeer breeders. The story of a world that draws strength from its heritage and its mythical history to face the demands of present-day existence. The indigenous Kamchatka people are indeed a far cry from being just "the last Mohicans" of their culture. They found ways of coping with life in times of ecological and political upheaval to which we should be more attentive.
These native peoples show us how to make a difference by remaining true to themselves and thus point us to a more original and subversive way of responding to environmental challenges. For example, the reindeer herders are now abandoning commercial breeding - which they’d been forced to do since collectivization – to become hunters again.
In fact, they are now setting up new exchange systems with the reindeer herders in the tundra areas. Thus, we can see for ourselves how, in these isolated places, the creativity of these men and women at work as they reinvent their world… by making their ancient myths interact with the new realities they are confronted with.