25 Oct '14, 8pm

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This is a choom in the frozen marshlands of the Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia, Russia. The choom, home to the nomadic Nenet, uses reindeer hides wrapped around wooden poles. During periods of migration chooms are moved every other day. Choom sites are chosen based on pasture and ground quality with a water source nearby. After checking the vegetation on a choom site the Brigadier pushes his reindeer driving stick, called a khorei, into the ground where he wants the centre of the choom to be. Reindeer skin has a remarkable capacity to absorb and retain heat. The hides are arranged in two layers. The outer layer faces hair outward with the inner layer facing the hair inwards. A wood stove sits in the middle of the choom, which generates enough heat to keep everybody comfortable. The Nenet reindeer breeders live with the daylight going to bed early, and get up early at...

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