Photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami recently documented his visit to the Khovsgol Province of Mongolia. For centuries this has been home to the Dukha people, a small Tuvan Turkic community of reindeer herders. During this time, the Mongolian tribe have developed a unique relationship with the reindeer and a connection they believe to be spiritual. The stunning photos by Sardar-Akkhami include shots of some of the few hundred Dukha people remaining within just 44 families left in the lost tribe.
The Dukha do not typically eat the reindeer unless the animals are no longer capable of helping them hunt or travel.
They use the reindeer as means of transportation over the treacherous terrain.