Yohor into the Sky

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Alex Newby

Western Buryats frolic on the steppe, singing songs and dancing the Yohor, a traditional round dance. A generation after the fall of the USSR, the indigenous peoples of Siberia are reconnecting with their native culture. Here near the shores of Lake Baikal, Western Buryats celebrate their nomadic days, gathering to compete in wrestling, archery, horse racing, dance and song. Native to the Baikal Basin, the Buryats are the northern most Mongol people group making their home in Central Siberia. transformsiberia.com

Location: Yelantsi, Irkutsk Oblast, Russian Federation


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