Since the dawn of our species, human civilization has come a long way. Humans have established towns and dwellings in caves and uninhabited places that previous generations could never have dreamed of.

The development of globalization has made it more difficult to conserve old civilizations. This is what makes Mongolia’s Dukha people so fascinating and remarkable. For millennia, the nomadic tribe has resided in the same area. They formed an unusual bond with the wild creatures during this time. This romance is so incredible that it will leave you speechless.

Fortunately for us, photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami recently visited this long-lost tribe and chronicled his findings in a series of breathtaking images.

Reindeer are their closest animal companions as well as a mode of transportation.

These days, there are only roughly 44 Dukha families left. This totals 200-400 people. The reindeer population is diminishing as well.

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The reindeer are docile and gentle companions, even to the smallest of Dukha children.

This little girl is getting ready to clean and bathe a baby reindeer.

For obvious reasons, the Dukha is also known as the “Tsaatan,” which means “reindeer herder.”

The Dukha primarily survives off of the tourist industry. People visit and pay money for performances, crafts, and, of course, reindeer rides.

These people do not just train reindeer. These people also train baby wolves!

These days, there are only roughly 44 Dukha families left. This totals 200-400 people. The reindeer population is diminishing as well.

Typically the Dukha hunt small woodland animals like rabbits. This gets them about two US dollars Typically the Dukha also coach golden eagles to assist in their looking. Eagle hunting is regarded as a privilege. People who find themselves able to do it are very well respected by the tribe.

The particular Dukha believes there is a religious connection with all animals. The link allows them to feel at home in nature and also to maintain their culture despite the growing influence of the It’s breathtaking to find the Dukha tribe and the relationship with character. The way they have preserved their way of life is simply incredible.

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