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Chaga-Bayram Altaian winter new year ceremony (Photo by M. Erlenbaeva)

Altai’s Indigenous peoples – what’s in a name?

Russia officially recognizes 47 small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia, and Far East. Roughly 23% of the almost 147 million people living in Russia (as of 2021) are not ethnically Russian.  The government classifies Indigenous peoples living in the country in three ways: “Small-numbered peoples” (less than 50,000 individuals), “Indigenous peoples” living in the North, […]