Here are three reasons that I’m truly envious of this Mongolian tribe. The Dukha, one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world, live how we should all be living – at one with nature, respecting it and working with it, instead of against it.
They are taught how to train reindeer, wolves, and birds of prey from an early age and form lifelong partnerships with them.
Their love of their land and animals – a deep, spiritual connection – has sustained them for centuries.
Here are the only reasons I don’t envy them:
- It’s cold.
- Their livelihoods, culture, and surroundings are being encroached on by globalisation as mining, forestry and fishing dig deeper into the heart of the taiga. You can read more about their plight and what is being done to stop it here.
We must help to protect those cultures that have been brave enough and strong enough to stay true to their ways.
Here’s how you can help them:
- Donate to the Totem People’s Preservation Project, and various other charities working in Mongolia, to help the Dhuka tribes via Cultural Survival.
- Get educated. Read more about the United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP) for the Mongolian nomadic tribes here and here.
- Maybe don’t go and visit these amazing tribes right now. Tourists and tourist transport in these nomadic peoples’ regions are disruptive and upset the reindeer herds. Instead, show your support from afar.
Thank you for showing us another way, and reminding us of a life once lived.