Khanty woman, Khanty Mansia, Northwest Siberia The Khants are indigenous to north-west Siberia in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Districts that are located in the Tyumen region of the Russian Federation. They are calling themselves Khanti, Khande, Kantek (Khanty) which is derived from the combination "Khondy-Kho" (in the Khant language "man from the river Konda") and it has also been explained as meaning "Khan (King) people" and connected with the name of the ancient Huns.
Urtyn duu (long song) is a means of chronicling local and family history, and is even considered to be a way of communicating with animals. In an elaborate ritual of song, the Tsaatan compose pleasing melodies to reward individual animals or ‘tell’ the herd of the needs of the young reindeer.
Alpaca and friend. via Libby VanBuskirk, author of "Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu: Folk Tales and Stories about Inca Life." There is a lot in the book about inca people's weaving and its meaning in their life.
These photos of a lost Mongolian tribe are incredible
These photos of a lost Mongolia tribe are incredible - The Dukha tribe is one of the rare exceptions. The Dukha are a Tuvan-Turkic tribe that lives on the border of Mongolia and Russia, and they are best known as reindeer herders. But their connection with animals extends far beyond reindeer.