The Evenks are the largest ethnic group inhabiting the Russian Arctic. Over thirty thousand are scattered across Central and Eastern Siberia. Their alphabet was first written in Latin script in 1931 and Cyrillic in 1937. Migration has contributed to the formation of different economic and cultural groups – hunters, deer breeders and horse breeders. The main occupations of the Evenk people are seasonal hunting, fishing and breeding reindeer for transport, explaining their semi-nomadic way of life.

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