While most people focus on progress and innovation in there lives, some are still living on the same principles as they did thousands of years ago. This is the case of the Tuva group, which is a Turkic ethnic population of small dimensions who live today in the southern part of Siberia. Apart from their unique dressing code and a specific language, what makes these people so special is that they have the same lifestyle as their ancestors did.
The Tuvan families live in yurts built out of wood, bamboo, different types of fabric, with an improvised door and a high roof. Due to the fact that these groups enjoy moving often, their self-made establishments are very practical. They have a great amount of respect for their ancestors, as they strongly believe that their spirits are sacred. Even though they are still hunting wild animals – including reindeer – and spend their evenings in the light of small camp fires, Tuvans are convinced that our world is not mentally and spiritually enlightened enough. This is why they believe that there is no ‘real’ religion yet in any society.
For over five thousand years, shamans from the Tuva groups have sacrificed birds to use their feathers for headdresses – an important part of their dress code. However, women of a high rank within the group are not allowed to wear them. Each member is very keen on nature and they consider that the bond between humans and nature must be treasured, as people are its protectors. Nowadays, there are only 300 shamans left in the Tuva groups after a great amount of them were killed during WWII.
Although they are used to hunting wild animals and raising the domestic ones, the Tuva people are mostly peaceful with other human beings. The respect given to their beliefs and principles, as well as their extremely well-preserved traditions and habits turn the Tuva groups into a rare, unique organization, protected by the Siberian forests.