Photographer Brings Mongolia’s Disappearing Reindeer People Right To Your Desktop

Published May 3, 2015
Updated April 20, 2015

Currently only 44 Dukha families remain in the region, with an estimated population of between 200 and 400 people. Perhaps hoping to eternalize the Dukha before they disappear, Dr. Hamid Sardar-Afkhami, who holds a Ph. D. in Sanskrit and Tibetan Studies from Harvard, ventured out to their homes to snap these amazing shots. Sardar-Afkhami has since created a documentary film about the Dukha called The Reindeer People.

reindeer people large antlers

Source: Art Wolfe

reindeer people frozen tundra

Source: Before They

reindeer people hill top

Source: Before They

reindeer people mongolian drummer

Source: Bored Panda

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several published book covers in her career as a graphic artist.