Dukha people and their Sacred Reindeers

In northern Mongolia, deep in the world’s largest boreal forest, the last remaining members of the Dukha people traverse the vast Taiga on the backs of their reindeers. Among them is Bayandalai, a leader who’s been battling modernity, refusing to abandon the Tengis-Shishged National Park. From inside his tepee, the old man tells us about the wild bond between his people and the reindeers inviting us to learn the secrets of the Darkhan Tsaagan, the sacred white reindeer.


“The essence of Dukha people is to have reindeers. We are nomads since our upper ancestors. Without reindeers the Taiga is empty.”