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Photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami Visits the Dukha People of Mongolia

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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.

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The Dukha do not typically eat the reindeer unless the animals are no longer capable of helping them hunt or travel.

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They use the reindeer as means of transportation over the treacherous terrain.

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