gatherers. As stated earlier, a family of four can have approximately 12 sleds of essential materials. (3) Throughout the film they did a good job on the emphasis of the Nenets regarding the cultural concept of having a system of rules and knowledge. One concept that the mothers of the community pass down to their children is to not open the earth. They claim that if the earth is opened, larva of bees will crawl out and fill the tundra. The Nenets clearly value the land, we know this because of how they provide a sacrificial meal when taking from it. I believe that the story is passed on to the children, so they
learn to respect the earth and leave it as it is found. The moral I took away from the story is that if they alter the earth, the earth will not be able to provide for their way of living any more. One of the Nenets members has dreams that strangers will be coming to drill the tundra. He says he sees the drills changing the tundra’s into gas fields. This would align with the bee story that the mothers pass down to each generation. If modern civilization decided to start drilling for oil on this land, it will make in uninhabitable for the Nenets and ultimately diminish this already small group of people.
- Spring '16
- Siberia, Nenets people