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

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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. Samina Zakia
    Samina Zakia
    Hace 33 minutos

    Its such a beautiful reality. While sitting in my comfortable bed I am watching this. Life,with us is full of stess competition pressure and look at them, they are simple hard working and satisfied. Amazing

  2. Asih Ajah
    Asih Ajah
    Hace un hora

    Indonesia hadir

  3. Al
    Hace un hora

    Is this a good tent to get for someone just getting into camping?

  4. bradley rogers
    bradley rogers
    Hace 3 horas

    Every four days????????????

  5. saugf cfst
    saugf cfst
    Hace 4 horas

    Life is a continuous freezing torture.

  6. 劉淑楨
    Hace 4 horas


  7. dojufitz
    Hace 6 horas

    I love the doggies.... damn! Just get that thing up so we can snuggle next to the heat.... we are in the middle of NO WHERE HERE!

  8. Kahanis - Golden Bytes
    Kahanis - Golden Bytes
    Hace 7 horas

    It was sheer delight watching it ! Amazing to see how they go about their work - it seems all very clear in their minds what needs to be done next. I did wonder what are compelling needs which make them change/move every 4 days. Thanks for the clip !

    1. Nomad Architecture
      Nomad Architecture
      Hace 36 minutos

      They are migrating with their herds. If you take a look at my first video on the channel page you will see a bit more of the background.

  9. Primitive OL
    Primitive OL
    Hace 8 horas

    Wow, your video is very good, I like it, I already clicked for you

  10. MisGuided Me
    MisGuided Me
    Hace 10 horas

    They look like very busy little penguins just scurrying around to complete their mission

  11. Adama Koroma
    Adama Koroma
    Hace 11 horas

    So precise truly incredible to watch but too much work moving every 4days. Not happening.

  12. abdul sijad
    abdul sijad
    Hace 11 horas

    Sod that...freezing cold and no pizza or internet

  13. Debra Ragoonanan
    Debra Ragoonanan
    Hace 12 horas

    Beautiful life but , don't think I could do it

  14. Carol Stefan
    Carol Stefan
    Hace 12 horas


  15. Tracy Perry
    Tracy Perry
    Hace 12 horas

    🙏🏼May God Bless you all❣️❤️🙏🏼❤️❣️I can’t believe you must move every four days‼️‼️‼️ How in the “you know what” do you spend all day on the tundra with your tiny little ones??? We can’t get ours to sit still love enough to eat their dinner‼️‼️‼️🥴 You are all soooo very, very brave & you work soooo hard just to sustain yourselves in your extreme climate, I don’t know how you do it, after an entire day on the tundra I’d probably collapse & be broken & unable to get up lol❣️🙏🏼You have my full wholehearted admiration & respect❣️❤️🙏🏼❤️❣️ Peace, Health & a bountiful season I wish you all❣️❤️🙏🏼❤️❣️🥰🥰🥰Incredible people you are❣️❣️❣️(I absolutely LOVE that you bring your dogs ❤️🐾❤️in to your homes)🥰🐾🥰🐾🥰🐾🥰🐾🥰

  16. Marilyn Keller
    Marilyn Keller
    Hace 13 horas

    I found MySelf leaning into the “heave ho” with them!this is the most intensely beautiful example of Human cooperation and symbiosis I have ever witnessed. Thank You for this video chronicle. I hope and pray it becomes part of Historical archives.👊🏾🙏🏾☝🏾❤️😇

  17. T St
    T St
    Hace 13 horas

    It’s like going back in time to a simpler but more physically challenging life. They have their lives and I have mine. I am happy with my life and they seem happy with theirs.

  18. A Hall
    A Hall
    Hace 13 horas

    How are the still able to have sexual relations with their spouses?

  19. Elly Arinne
    Elly Arinne
    Hace 13 horas

    Os humanos da era do gelo😍

  20. zfilmmaker
    Hace 14 horas

    This would be 100% better without the weird monotonous music.

  21. nosman069
    Hace 15 horas

    I wont ever buy youtube tv, google you are interfering in the american life!!!!!!!

  22. Cherchez la famme
    Cherchez la famme
    Hace 15 horas

    Там наверное самый ценный строительный материал, это доски, шесты и оленьи шкуры.Удивительный домик для жилья.

  23. Jay ED
    Jay ED
    Hace 15 horas

    these are the people who will inherit the earth if civilization ever collapses

  24. Camilo Rojas
    Camilo Rojas
    Hace 17 horas

    This is beyond belief. We take so many things for granted that watching this video makes me think how useless we are

  25. Donna C
    Donna C
    Hace 17 horas

    Thank you for sharing this. I don't know why anyone would give it a thumbs down

  26. Calvin Sylveste
    Calvin Sylveste
    Hace 17 horas

    If the men enter before the smoke rises, they might be forced to do some work.

  27. Stefan Baiatu Fany
    Stefan Baiatu Fany
    Hace 18 horas

    Great job, congrats!!!

  28. Ahmad Shobih Ubaidillah
    Ahmad Shobih Ubaidillah
    Hace 18 horas

    im sorry to ask but why are they still being nomadic... i mean could they just stay there...? with their tent house

  29. R Reames
    R Reames
    Hace 19 horas

    Love the film. But the background music made me go insane...........

  30. TheBossIG
    Hace 19 horas

    I have one question that I hope one if you could answer me: Why do they live like that? The could move to a town or a City, settle down and find a job. I know that the jobs wouldn't be good, but wouldn't it still be better than living like that?

  31. Super Rainmaker
    Super Rainmaker
    Hace 19 horas

    Music is delightful, as is the video👍

  32. Сергей Пархом
    Сергей Пархом
    Hace 21 un hora

    Где они делают детей , не понимаю?

  33. Сергей Пархом
    Сергей Пархом
    Hace 21 un hora

    Смотрю , житие мое!Боже , как только люди живут!

    1. Cherchez la famme
      Cherchez la famme
      Hace 15 horas

      А как приспичит до ветру, как быть в такие морозы? Отморозит поди всё там. Жуть.

  34. Hrvoje Koši
    Hrvoje Koši
    Hace 23 horas

    Could this wigwam whitstand a storm?

  35. Maria Toderini
    Maria Toderini
    Hace 23 horas

    Beautiful!!!We could give them those Military Tents..or something easier to set up...for a change ....

  36. Brett Salter
    Brett Salter
    Hace un día

    thank you so much for the time and effort that must have been taken in every aspect of creating this video. Very grateful and appreciative to be able to have experienced this.

  37. Aldy Musyafa
    Aldy Musyafa
    Hace un día

    Kehidupan bermasyarakat yang amazing

  38. Guneet Sodhi
    Guneet Sodhi
    Hace un día

    Commendable job they are doing. God bless them

    Hace un día

    Es increíble

  40. REZ
    Hace un día

    Nice but surely the children needs to learns about the world and Morden future rather this old ways

  41. Ashok Lakshman
    Ashok Lakshman
    Hace un día

    OK good luck jayhoo jayhoo har har mahadeV MahadeV Bhole

  42. zilly online
    zilly online
    Hace un día

    primitive savages, they should invest in a trailer.

  43. Dan Crandall
    Dan Crandall
    Hace un día

    I've watched the video, and read down through the comments, mostly. But I still don't get WHY they have to pack up and move about every 4 days! Why can't they stay longer? Food?

  44. Walid Soroor
    Walid Soroor
    Hace un día

    I’m grateful for everything I have. ✊

  45. Yocabec Corrales
    Yocabec Corrales
    Hace un día

    Personas muy trabajadoras

    Hace un día

    And here I am complaining bc I have to mop my kitchen floor every other day....😒

  47. Lars Pardo
    Lars Pardo
    Hace un día

    very interesting - thank you. The teepee of the American Plains Indians had an inside liner that went all the way to the ground & came up perhaps 1/3 or 1/2 way up the poles. The outside skins came down to within a foot of the ground....thus the gap between the inside & outside skins created a Bernouli Effect & drew the smoke from the inside fire up to exit out the top. In addition, the inside liner made it difficult to see shadows within the teepee thus preventing being shot from the outside. I don't think you could see too many shadow thru the skins but that was the theory. The same 3 "foundation" poles are used against which all the other poles are placed. Thanks again...

  48. Dear Ace
    Dear Ace
    Hace un día

    I noticed the dogs are they not cold? I’m a dog lover

  49. Danish Khan
    Danish Khan
    Hace un día

    Wow beautiful and bast home 🏠 I am from Pakistan....but my Pakistan is very beautiful country...

  50. Deacons Jamaica.
    Deacons Jamaica.
    Hace un día

    To them, this is normal. It is the only life they likely know. It would take some practice, getting used to moving every day, and setting up camp each night,or evening, but I could learn to live like this.

  51. Jody Ross
    Jody Ross
    Hace un día

    the home looks very warm and cozy, I would love to be there

  52. Jody Ross
    Jody Ross
    Hace un día

    The banter of the family, or them speaking to each other would be better than the very weird music, I'm out..

  53. Jagsir Singh
    Jagsir Singh
    Hace un día

    Great team work 👍

  54. Me Myself
    Me Myself
    Hace un día

    The two families scenario isn't the problem; the problem is the work involved, from cutting trees and taking animals and processing the hides, to hoisting all that weight up the poles. Surely these must be the most free people in the world, and must have fled some terrible situation from wherever they originated. Hopefully the United Nations Building Codes will never apply to these people like they do to us.

  55. Наша Природа / Nature Relaxing Sounds
    Наша Природа / Nature Relaxing Sounds
    Hace un día

    Наша природа/Nature Relaxing Sounds Go to my Channel!!! new interesting video !!!!

  56. Bluesmurf
    Hace un día

    What you may, or not realise, is that these Siberian nomads crossed the bering strait and became the 1st nations people of the United States and Canada, and South America before the Europeans arrived and slaughtered them and took over. The Red Indians originated in Siberia.

  57. Notting Hill Cheeks
    Notting Hill Cheeks
    Hace un día

    Welcome to our future

  58. Roy Wrogers
    Roy Wrogers
    Hace un día

    Minute: 1:51. ... at the bottom of the image we can see a dog that seems to be injured.

  59. Sara Gomez
    Sara Gomez
    Hace un día

    Extraoerdinario , documental!!!👍👍👍!!!!

  60. Michael Frazer
    Michael Frazer
    Hace un día

    Thank You for sharing

  61. Raymond Ashby
    Raymond Ashby
    Hace un día


    1. Raymond Ashby
      Raymond Ashby
      Hace un día

      i agree - one of the most astonishing things about that place must be how quiet it is ?? watch some muppet spoil it with the f in moozak loop..........................ffs

  62. Benaissa khoudja ali
    Benaissa khoudja ali
    Hace 2 días

    Courage vraiment

  63. Nguyễn Xuân
    Nguyễn Xuân
    Hace 2 días

    Where is the place of their toilets, please? The nature gift them the so long logs. And the cameraman, where would you sleep to complet these videos?I highly appreciate that you uploaded a caption about the people's work. But don't you explain why they have to move every four days?

  64. J.G. vdK
    J.G. vdK
    Hace 2 días

    Why moving all the time ?

  65. Brian Visser
    Brian Visser
    Hace 2 días

    The life is difficult but they have what is required, shelter, warmth, food and social engagement, what life was like. With the mass of humanity its nolonger for all of us to live this way. Yet it's a simple life and one that I could enjoy. As for moving every 4 days that would be little hard, yet doable if it's required.

  66. Brenda Lawrence
    Brenda Lawrence
    Hace 2 días

    Why do they move every four days?

  67. InternetSurferXXX
    Hace 2 días

    Either they are happier living away from the 9-5 slavery grind.... or they are totally nuts. Pick one.

  68. Thuyen Nguyen
    Thuyen Nguyen
    Hace 2 días

    Why move every 4 days?

  69. Fiona Fu
    Fiona Fu
    Hace 2 días

    I am your Chinese fan. I like painting. I am very excited to see your video. If you have your work in China, it will be very good. Welcome to China

  70. Mr CEMPE
    Mr CEMPE
    Hace 2 días

    Kebalikan 33°-40°C di Indonesia

  71. Jamie Hamblin
    Jamie Hamblin
    Hace 2 días

    Thank you ! You have great Teepees...my wife and I moved our Lodge every two weeks for nine months in Florida. You have so many poles ! But I can see were you need the extra strength for the heavy skins. Much honor prayers and respect ** Thank you **

  72. Kleber Santos
    Kleber Santos
    Hace 2 días

    Como é viver em um lugar gelado assim ?

  73. ltyr2001 1
    ltyr2001 1
    Hace 2 días

    Very interesting. They look like a great family unit. As a camper, I am curious. 1) How do you clean your clothes? 2) How do you poop and bathe?

  74. im a filipino
    im a filipino
    Hace 2 días

    why do they need to move every four days

  75. Dr.Senator
    Hace 2 días

    Amazing life!

  76. Pascal Auger
    Pascal Auger
    Hace 2 días

    I know the camping well (in France), but not in winter. I love pitching the tent and, like the nenets, my wife took care of the inside and I took care of the outside. Never done with two families, but breaking camp every four days seems to me a good rhythm: our minimum with my wife was three nights and the maximum one week at the same site. 🙂

  77. Steve Gannon
    Steve Gannon
    Hace 2 días

    Amazing what people can do when they work together

  78. Lyudmila
    Hace 2 días

    How many hours of daylight did they have?

  79. Gary Cahn
    Gary Cahn
    Hace 2 días

    Why are there homeless people in our society? These people should teach us how to house the homeless. This is truly low cost housing.

  80. here we go
    here we go
    Hace 2 días

    These people are used to this kind of living. The children probably only know the type of life and living that we are watching. To them it's normal life as usual. Of course people will say wow I couldn't do that or live that way! These people probably view us that punch a time clock everyday in the same manner. We're all born into some type of life that for the most point have no choice but to adapt to. But still much respect to them. Their blood is probably thick as honey.

  81. David Quadagno
    David Quadagno
    Hace 2 días

    What beautiful children

  82. M.A. *
    M.A. *
    Hace 2 días

    Do they have formal education for the children? Just one set of clothes? What do they eat? Where they take a bath, wash hair? And of course go toilet? All in front of everyone else? Or out in the cold?

  83. Miriam Grieve
    Miriam Grieve
    Hace 2 días

    Exhausted watching all this hard work. But so worth it for them. Notice the dogs hogging the heat. Hehe

  84. Scott g
    Scott g
    Hace 2 días

    How does this work in the winter when it is essentially always dark. Obviously they can handle this but that is the part that intrigues me.

  85. Paul King
    Paul King
    Hace 2 días

    These folks have such community & relationships where as many of us in the west have big houses, cars etc but are lonely and isolated. So who is really richer.

  86. Fleur Robert
    Fleur Robert
    Hace 2 días

    Interesting that a 2 pole construction withstands storms better than one using 3 poles. Does anyone know why please?

    1. Fleur Robert
      Fleur Robert
      Hace 2 días

      Thank you In geometry, a 3 sided figure (triangle) is stronger than any other shape - and the 3 pole construction seems also to interlock at top - shows what happens in reality can be very different from theory Appreciate your response as well as the video

    2. Nomad Architecture
      Nomad Architecture
      Hace 2 días

      It all locks together at the top - try pushing your hands together with straight fingers alternating.

  87. Mike
    Hace 2 días

    wonder what the inside temperature is after the stove has been going?

  88. Roaming Rishis
    Roaming Rishis
    Hace 2 días

    How do the adults......errr......how you say....do that thing in this setting?

  89. Ms. Nette
    Ms. Nette
    Hace 2 días

    Very interesting film...enjoyed watching!

  90. Sheep Doggy
    Sheep Doggy
    Hace 2 días

    whatta trip. there could be world calamity and just another day where they are. i like the music.

  91. J Shoar
    J Shoar
    Hace 3 días

    Such Amazing strength and Beauty amongst the ancient peoples! All Humanity should learn from them and be Humbled. I love them truly with all my Soul! 💕💞💥

  92. 육구자세
    Hace 3 días

    야들은 씻고 감고하는거는 어째해결하노 나는 그기 의문이다

  93. dedtair
    Hace 3 días

    what was used in stead of iron pipe in ancient times?

  94. Austin Allbritton
    Austin Allbritton
    Hace 3 días

    Chris canipe 1889 weeksville rd Elizabeth city

  95. Hybrids Vader
    Hybrids Vader
    Hace 3 días


  96. Eric 0000
    Eric 0000
    Hace 3 días

    No tax

  97. john leca
    john leca
    Hace 3 días

    Amazing people. They seem adapted but a little sad they have such a harsh way of life. God bless them.

    1. John Free
      John Free
      Hace 14 horas

      The space aliens are saying the same about you!Be happy in your ignorance.....

    2. Willow Wanderer
      Willow Wanderer
      Hace 18 horas

      I often wonder if they'd say the same about us..

  98. Kate Ross
    Kate Ross
    Hace 3 días

    Такие не пропадут.

    Hace 3 días

    No coddling there, this looks miserable though.

  100. SlingbladeJim
    Hace 3 días

    Now THAT was amazing.............................................but I wouldn't last a day.