Warmest Tent on Earth - Pitching in the Siberian Arctic Winter - Ненецкая палатка чум

The Nenet reindeer herders need to move their tent every few days throughout most of the year. Every time they migrate they must pack the whole tent away, drag it across the tundra on sledges, and erect it again in a fresh place, sometimes in temperatures of minus thirty degrees. Survival depends on working together as a team.
After staying in the wooded taiga for two months they start to migrate north following the ancient paths of migrating reindeer (caribou). In four months they will travel up to 1200km and must pack and move every three to five days to keep up with their herd. They must reach their summer quarters before the snows melt and flood great rivers with icy waters too cold and deep for the calves, born along the way, to cross.
Behind the tent an invisible line extends out into the tundra. It is called the sawei line, and a woman cannot cross it. It will bring bad luck to the tent. It was hard for them to explain exactly why, it is much stronger than a superstition and is connected to the spirit pole that stands at the back of the tent. This pole is sacred and a woman cannot cross underneath it either, and only a shaman may sit in this holy place. The origins of this are a little lost, there may be practical reasons, for example the back of the tent is traditionally where the men work, often together, so they have to be able to move about freely, but there are often two families in a single tent, so maybe one day the women just agreed territories to stop tripping over each other. Maybe it has such a mundane origin, or maybe there are real spirits that come up to the tent from behind and would bring harm to any women caught in the wrong place. If several tents pitch together, their lines must not cross either, so they tend to camp in a straight line to avoid this.
In answer to the many questions - on personal hygiene, everyone washes using a bowl of soap and hot water, just like most of our grandparents did before everyone had pipes and taps. There is no toilet in the tent as some have suggested, they find a spot a few hundred metres away. They are not pitching on a lake but a small mound where the snow blows a little thinner, Gas companies have been in the area and gave away snowmobiles as part of land access negotiations. Also sometimes there are competitions with them as prizes, sometimes they sell a load of reindeer and buy one. Most families now have at least one but the reindeer are still used a lot. Yes, they use a sled to go to town, or trading posts to buy groceries.

I wanted to catch the entire process, but have edited it down a little from the 40-45 minutes it takes to get from the open snows to a warm cosy home.
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  1. Gwiyomi Kim

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    Amazing what people can accomplish when they spend time in the real world instead of wasting time posting crap on social media. (Like I just did!🥴)

  2. 2017 andrei

    2017 andrei

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    how did you choose the music ? from a horror movie ?

  3. selvi I

    selvi I

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    I respect all of them. very good job they are doing. I'm nothing before them.

  4. Roger Wilco

    Roger Wilco

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    I like my Eureka Spitfire, weighs about 3lbs

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    I wonder if they have to worry about bears ?

  6. Cindylee Dodd

    Cindylee Dodd

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    I would like to live the life of the Nenet reindeer herder family's!

  7. Michael Anderson

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  8. Lauren Cone

    Lauren Cone

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    Scary music

  9. Retired Pinay in Manila

    Retired Pinay in Manila

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    If I can’t have fresh guava to eat, I’d rather die.

  10. Quantum X

    Quantum X

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    I would rather live like this, than in my shitty apartment.

  11. Ignacio Gonzalez

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    These would be some of the few people to survive a catastrophe if one were to happen..

  12. Quantum X

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    the music sounds like some wild beat is about to attack

  13. Jedidiah Shlomoh

    Jedidiah Shlomoh

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    One does what one must do to survive.

  14. Donald j Epstein

    Donald j Epstein

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    Talk about teak work, these ppl got more done in 4 days, then the tRump administration did in 4 years.

  15. Clark Winters

    Clark Winters

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    Well everyone I’m really having flashbacks of the Texas Storm and no power watching this . They would probably throw me out because I would be huddled up under one of those blankets until all the work is done and I can just go lay down by the heater. God has people built to take a lot of stuff but this is not my cup of tea. I’m a hard worker but I draw the line in the snow ❄️ 🥶. 🔥🔥🔥

  16. Mississippi Girl

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    Why do they move every four days?

  17. Eileen Kung

    Eileen Kung

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    Too cold take shower.

  18. VSM News

    VSM News

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    I cant stand the sound that it makes when people walk on snow, it's driving me mad lol

  19. Dolor Capra

    Dolor Capra

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    They forgot to do an environmental impact study to ensure no plants or animals were harmed.

  20. Billy Barton

    Billy Barton

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    The local HOA will fine them because there are irregularities in their tent poles.

  21. Ignacio Grandon M

    Ignacio Grandon M

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    I am Chilean and I find your work extraordinary and admirable. Congratulations. The music is totally relevant to my taste. I respect your work.

  22. Joe France

    Joe France

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    The coats look soooo warm. This is definitely being one with nature. Fresh air. No pollution. A simple life. No idiots with guns. A natural existence.

  23. Gary Schultz

    Gary Schultz

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    at least 1 kid is hacking.. sounds sick...

  24. cole mahaney

    cole mahaney

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    I could do it all no problem

  25. gail crowe

    gail crowe

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    Very strong people, mentally and physically and very hard workers.

  26. Giovanna Boscolo Bibi

    Giovanna Boscolo Bibi

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    Bello il vidio come si fa ha tradurre le risposte grazie

  27. rosolino aldo dattila

    rosolino aldo dattila

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    non pensavo che ci fossero persone che vivessero cosi, ma quanto siamo viziati noi delle città ???? questa gente non ha nulla ma, hanno tutto quello che manca a noi



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    A random person who liked my comment, i wish you successful future



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    This film made me realize jow easy our lives are. And we still complaining

  30. *iTs STill ME* V-i-P

    *iTs STill ME* V-i-P

    Acum 20 ore

    they should be called snow mads

    • Nomad Architecture

      Nomad Architecture

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      Well done, 8,918 comments and no-one has cracked that one!

  31. Helik Oberon

    Helik Oberon

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    The sound of different materials dragged across dry snow gives me serious goosebumps; and I don't know why.

  32. Pure


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  33. Goody Jerky

    Goody Jerky

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    No place like home

  34. Suwana171717 Tongtam

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  35. 박윤정


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    돗자리를 깔고 동물가죽을 깔고 삼각기둥 을 세우고 텐트치는 거네요.간단하다고 하더니 여러사람이 도와야 삼각기둥텐트 를 세우네요

  36. Johnathan Greay

    Johnathan Greay

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    I must've watched this maybe 8 times now. I just love these people how they live their lives. It humbles my heart how far they go to survive. I can appreciate them. I'd like purchase them a snowmobile. And probably several stoves with freshly cut meat of course. And utensils. God, what extraordinary people. But their little ones, I love those too.

    • Johnathan Greay

      Johnathan Greay

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      Wow they even made me feel loved and special. RESPECT.



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    Don't kill innocent animals for food and shelter.

  38. Jo BRW

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  39. G. Being

    G. Being

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    don't give too much ads you stupid channel

    • Nomad Architecture

      Nomad Architecture

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      Try the one on the Himba, no ads on that. We are also setting up an ad-free patreon, but the costs of making these vids are huge and we get no sponsorship.

  40. Sugar Spring

    Sugar Spring

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    That was fascinating. I'm a native american in northern MN, USA, and these are probably my ancestors.

    • Nomad Architecture

      Nomad Architecture

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      Anyone over there still know how to make a birch bark wigwam?

  41. Avgrim77


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    They get those poles from Home Depot??

  42. Lor Evans

    Lor Evans

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    Why move?

  43. macroevolve


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    Laying in bed watching on my phone this is surprisingly ASMR

  44. Cristian Bernabel

    Cristian Bernabel

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    W hats up with the creepy North Korean background music?

  45. E Wood

    E Wood

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    I live where it’s so hot. I dream about this kind of atmosphere to sleep in.

  46. FinznFowl82


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    Why do they have to move every 4 days?

  47. jay bomb

    jay bomb

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    Incredible people!!!! Great work on filming. Cheers

  48. Yulli Motor

    Yulli Motor

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    Anda ini apa bagaen dari mereka yg mendirikan tenda untuk bermalam apa orang luar kusus shoting film vlok dan bagai mana kehidupan orang2 eskimo di sini berapa x pindah rumah 3bln 4bln bahan pokok sehari 2 apa makan nya apa berupa ikan2 tok berapa jumlah kk di sini puluan apa atusan apa ribuan yg tersebar di sini mks tlg kei info yo mr nomad ojo lali yo suwun berapa kg antara seberia dsn russia kok orang2 betah tinggal di sini

  49. BettyAnn Smith

    BettyAnn Smith

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    But the snowmobile...gas???

  50. Shellie Duncan

    Shellie Duncan

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    My god-to think this is no major problem to pack up then re-camp and do over and over aging. I dread freaking Spring Cleaning! I’m truly in awe with their style & dedication to a way of living and embracing it!

  51. T Lind

    T Lind

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    What's on the menu... DOGS

  52. I'm SooOooo ImpreSsssSs

    I'm SooOooo ImpreSsssSs

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    o wow 😳 ty

  53. Beverly Taff

    Beverly Taff

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    Everybody knows each part of the job, well organised and co-operative!

  54. Mark Kent

    Mark Kent

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    I bet it smells in there and how do they wash

  55. Albe Sunim

    Albe Sunim

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    The way they are stuffing clothes around the perimeter to block the cold reminds me of an old farm house I rented after serving in the military. Had to stuff clothes around the windows to keep the snow out. But heck I was 22 and it was an adventure.

  56. Camila Barros

    Camila Barros

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    They have fire on a closed small environment how they manage to keep thr CO levels healthy?

  57. BamBam001


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    Speed it up 2X you won't missed a thing. Even at 2x the speed it still a slow video.

  58. Reza Ghazai

    Reza Ghazai

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    Well, I don't know ROfilmrs but is it a good idea that we don't live like this anymore?! I mean the majority of us! I would like to know your opinion.

  59. julien Pillonca

    julien Pillonca

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    So can you understand ?

  60. Jo Rago

    Jo Rago

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    Why did they have to move to another location? Did I miss something?

  61. Lebron James

    Lebron James

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    Every 4 days they have to go through this? Nope. I can’t even imagine it. I hate going out when it’s below 32F and these incredible people do this twice weekly. My hat’s off to them.

  62. العلم والمعرفة

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  63. Sébastien Fraggl

    Sébastien Fraggl

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    c'est pas une tente Quechua 2 sec...

  64. Emmanuel A

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  65. Kaldean One

    Kaldean One

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    First video I’m watching, hello Sam from Michigan. I just want to say that I don’t believe in evolution, I believe in the event that happened called Noah and the flood. And I sincerely believe that caveman was Noah and his family and people because Life had to start all over again and they wouldn’t have really anything to chop down to use to build so they will be in caves. there wouldn’t be much animals yet. Hope all is well

  66. internet için

    internet için

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    This tells me, it is not the expensive furniture, or a nice real estate in good neighborhood that makes a dwelling home. It is human breath, hard work, cooperation, and even hardship. I would much rather sleep in this tent (of course if they would allow me:))

  67. wimpie chn

    wimpie chn

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    luar biasa ... hidup dengan kondisi seperti itu

  68. Gayasuddin Syed

    Gayasuddin Syed

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    I have a stange doubt where do they attend natural calls. Every where there is snow or ice. They cannot remove cloths out side🤭🤔🤫

  69. Ma Balyam

    Ma Balyam

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    They’re living my childhood dream. 😃

  70. John Roberts

    John Roberts

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    Where did you guys get your poles from , the Home Depot ? Just kidding ! That looks like a nice & warm shelter from the brutal cold , nice job guys & gals !!! 👍😊❤

  71. Khmer Asia Barber shops

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  72. Nicholas Barchak

    Nicholas Barchak

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    Great video! This is a window into ancient culture. Thank You. ✌🙏👍 Subscribed

  73. vidaholmes


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    I don't think I could. I'm to american made.

  74. Christina Mathis

    Christina Mathis

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    @9 mins in it says the women must never cross behind the tent but must work on one side or the other, I'm confused by this..it's a circle, what do they mean by "behind"

    • Nomad Architecture

      Nomad Architecture

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      I will make a new video about this soon as so many questions, but basically the tent is divided into two halves, the door at the front and a pole called a symsy at the back. It is this pole that sets a line out into the tundra. You can see it later on in the video when I am filming inside the tent.

  75. 1deseret


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    Next time they should trade some o' them there caribou for a double- wide trailer platform, put the tent on that, and haul it around every four days with their lil' snow mobile, or 8 not-so-tiny reindeer. Or build themselves a tiny home. Much easier! On a more serious note, loved the video, especially how well they all got along and the chitchat of the children throughout. So adorable! I want to learn more.

  76. Игорь Поповчак

    Игорь Поповчак

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    Самое главное что нет бригадиров и все знают что и как и в какой последовательности делать !!! Нет взмахов руками и указаний !! Такие построят все и надежно !!!

  77. celso dias

    celso dias

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    From Cascavel/Paraná/Brazil

  78. Deli R

    Deli R

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    This is so crazy! Imagine taking your everyday easy life (at least most of us in USA) and DOING THIS! I would totally be able too if lead properly to learn. However NO I do not want to do this!!! I love everything I have for comfort even more now.

  79. Marceline Davis

    Marceline Davis

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    The husky cold embryologically moan because internet comparably jail unto a elite neck. physical, rotten astronomy

  80. Rebel Withacause

    Rebel Withacause

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    Where is their toilet? What do they use for Toilet paper? What do the women use monthly? What do they feed young children? Where do they get the colors for their coats? I have so many questions.

  81. Dalbir Singh Khalsa

    Dalbir Singh Khalsa

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    Good job 👍

  82. Donna G

    Donna G

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    Plenty of exercises building tents. Simple diet, no stress in life like the civilized world ( not that civilized) loving families , they have it all and will live to 100 years old while we city people will die young from heart disease😳

  83. Aamir Sajjad

    Aamir Sajjad

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  84. Friendly Zombie

    Friendly Zombie

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    My hubby's pitched tent in the morning is much warmer.

  85. creativity and survival waffeleben

    creativity and survival waffeleben

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    Nic3 mode to live free on iced steppes

  86. Zhou Bai Dinh

    Zhou Bai Dinh

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  87. SLAY 503

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    • Nicholas Barchak

      Nicholas Barchak

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      The continents were connected by the land bridge. We were all one, at one time.

  88. EpicTube


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    круто, а ка еще они могли тысячи лет выживать в тайге?

  89. دخی قاسم پور

    دخی قاسم پور

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    Just look what have we done to ourselves?? This Life is more simple and enjoyable but we stuck in a city and when we old and maybe rich we going to life in a village or mountain!! Are we naive or not ?!

  90. Myrna Washington

    Myrna Washington

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    Warmest clothes, coats, boots ever.

  91. Vadim Schubernel

    Vadim Schubernel

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    Normalno, ja pider wsê skazal...!

  92. Marco Antonio Ardila hoyos

    Marco Antonio Ardila hoyos

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    Que 😦 frío

  93. willow Eley

    willow Eley

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    You just know the women's fur coats are warm and toasty

  94. Fashion Enemy

    Fashion Enemy

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    people are awesome!

  95. Oksana Tsygulea

    Oksana Tsygulea

    Acum 2 Zile

    Интересно, сколько градусов у них в чуме?

  96. João Rui de Oliveira

    João Rui de Oliveira

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    Where are the old people? Surely this life is suited only to the young...

  97. Needy God

    Needy God

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    These people are the original Turks.

  98. Rut Brea

    Rut Brea

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    My advice: Value what you have. Give thanks to your Creator for being a Living, human being. You are because of His breath of life He, blessed is He, gives you every moment of your lives. If someone hurts you, go away from this person, find your self, be what you are meant to be.

  99. Rut Brea

    Rut Brea

    Acum 2 Zile

    If life like this shown here demands a couple of families living together is the best. One can help the other. Amazingly, it's getting along and working together that makes this kind of life succeed. One can't find this example in modern cities where people get corrupted by the media and become arrogant, distant and selfish. Most children today grow to become arrogant agaisnt their parents. Not knowing or even trying to understand what their parents have gone through in life to raise them. These nomads thanks their ancestry for their teachings, and thank the Nature our Creator has given them to be a part of the universe. That's true life.

  100. Kelly Burdette

    Kelly Burdette

    Acum 2 Zile

    Wow completely cool 😎off the grid no modern day BS