DOLGANS and NENETS: The Last Ice Nomads

Exhibition From February 18 to March 4 | Maha Bandoola Park

Opening | 18 February 2019

DOLGANS and NENETS: The LAST ICE NOMADS

by Francis Latreille | Curated by Jean Loh

In the northernmost point of Siberia lives a dwindling population of ice nomads: the Dolgans and the Nenets. They are the living witnesses of the effects of our planet’s climate change.

Francis Latreille discovered the Dolgans in 1997. In the tundra’s extreme climate, where temperatures can drop below 50°C, the Dolgans survive by hunting, fishing, and breeding reindeer.

The receding of the ice each summer is disturbing the lifestyle of the herders but has also increased discoveries of preserved mammoths; in 2006, Latreille recorded the discovery of a baby mammoth that had resurfaced after lying frozen for 40,000 years.