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In Russian Siberia, it’s not just at Christmas that reindeer are revered. Tens of thousands of reindeer herders celebrate the animals with an annual festival every spring.

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Khanty men and Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) during a race at Spring festival in the village of Pitlyar. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia, August 2008.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Khanty men and Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) during a race at Spring festival in the village of Pitlyar. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia, August 2008.
Nenets woman and daughter dressed up for spring Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) herders' festival. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia, 2006. 40 BELOW bookplate.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets woman and daughter dressed up for spring Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) herders' festival. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia, 2006. 40 BELOW bookplate.
Nenets people in traditional costumes at reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets people in traditional costumes at reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Khanty woman and her children arriving by reindeer sled at a festival in Nadym. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Khanty woman and her children arriving by reindeer sled at a festival in Nadym. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia
Nenets men competing in a lassoing competition at a reindeer herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets men competing in a lassoing competition at a reindeer herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia
Khanty women in traditional dress at a Spring festival in the village of Pitlyar. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia, 2006. 40 BELOW bookplate.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Khanty women in traditional dress at a Spring festival in the village of Pitlyar. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia, 2006. 40 BELOW bookplate.
Nenets women competing in a traditional clothing competition during the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets women competing in a traditional clothing competition during the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Young Nenets man on a mobile phone wearing traditional reindeer skin clothing during the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Young Nenets man on a mobile phone wearing traditional reindeer skin clothing during the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets man competing in a Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) race at a herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia, February 2009.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets man competing in a Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) race at a herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia, February 2009.
Nenets spectator using his mobile phone to photograph a reindeer race at a herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia, February 2009. Editorial use only.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets spectator using his mobile phone to photograph a reindeer race at a herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia, February 2009. Editorial use only.
Young Nenets woman using a mobile phone emerging from  reindeer skin tent during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Young Nenets woman using a mobile phone emerging from reindeer skin tent during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets reindeer skin tent erected in the centre of Nadym as part of the reindeer herders' festival. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets reindeer skin tent erected in the centre of Nadym as part of the reindeer herders' festival. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets man competing in a long jump competition at a reindeer herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia, February 2009. Editorial use only.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets man competing in a long jump competition at a reindeer herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia, February 2009. Editorial use only.
Nenets women selling fish at a stall during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets women selling fish at a stall during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets women selling fish during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets women selling fish during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets man trying on sunglasses at a stall at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets man trying on sunglasses at a stall at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets women shopping for material at a stall during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets women shopping for material at a stall during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets women in traditional costumes at reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets women in traditional costumes at reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Three Mansi women (left to right) Galina Larionova, Valentina Georgimova and Tamara Kalinikova, performing traditional Mansi songs at a reindeer herders' festival in Saranpaul. Khanty-Mansiysk, Wester...  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Three Mansi women (left to right) Galina Larionova, Valentina Georgimova and Tamara Kalinikova, performing traditional Mansi songs at a reindeer herders' festival in Saranpaul. Khanty-Mansiysk, Wester...
Tourists visiting Nenets reindeer festival, having photograph taken with reindeer.  Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Tourists visiting Nenets reindeer festival, having photograph taken with reindeer. Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Tourists riding on a reindeer sled at Nenets reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Tourists riding on a reindeer sled at Nenets reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
An old Antonov II biplane, one of the attractions at the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / An old Antonov II biplane, one of the attractions at the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Young Nenets boy holding balloons at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Young Nenets boy holding balloons at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets families compete in a traditional clothing competition during the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets families compete in a traditional clothing competition during the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Close up of the sleeves of a Nenets man's reindeer skin Malitsa (coat) with reindeer skin mittens attached to it. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Close up of the sleeves of a Nenets man's reindeer skin Malitsa (coat) with reindeer skin mittens attached to it. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Young Nenets men in traditional clothes at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Young Nenets men in traditional clothes at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Close up of a Nenets man's belt with a traditional design made with beadwork. At the reindeer herders' festival at  Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Close up of a Nenets man's belt with a traditional design made with beadwork. At the reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets man's traditional decorated malitsa (reindeer skin parka). Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets man's traditional decorated malitsa (reindeer skin parka). Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Two young Nenets men compete in a wrestling competition during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Two young Nenets men compete in a wrestling competition during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets men watching a wrestling competition during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets men watching a wrestling competition during the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Young Nenets boy sleeping in plastic sled during the Reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Young Nenets boy sleeping in plastic sled during the Reindeer herders' festival at Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Nenets woman pushing her baby in a cradle on skiis at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets woman pushing her baby in a cradle on skiis at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia.
Nenets Reindeer / Caribou herders competing in strength contest during local festival. Yamal, Siberia, Russia, 1993.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets Reindeer / Caribou herders competing in strength contest during local festival. Yamal, Siberia, Russia, 1993.
Nenets men watching Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) racing during local festival. Yamal, Siberia, Russia, 1996.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets men watching Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) racing during local festival. Yamal, Siberia, Russia, 1996.
Nenets women and children in traditional reindeer skin clothing at a festival on the tundra. Yamal, Siberia, Russia.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets women and children in traditional reindeer skin clothing at a festival on the tundra. Yamal, Siberia, Russia.
Two Nenets men competing in a wrestling competition at a reindeer herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia, February 2009.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Two Nenets men competing in a wrestling competition at a reindeer herders festival in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia, February 2009.
Nenets mother with her children at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets mother with her children at the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Komi man racing his reindeer while standing up on his sled during a reindeer herders' festival in Saranpaul. Khanty-Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Komi man racing his reindeer while standing up on his sled during a reindeer herders' festival in Saranpaul. Khanty-Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia
Komi men racing their reindeer at a reindeer herders' festival in Saranpaul. Khanty-Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Komi men racing their reindeer at a reindeer herders' festival in Saranpaul. Khanty-Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia
Torgina Romanova, a local Nenets TV reporter, covering the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Torgina Romanova, a local Nenets TV reporter, covering the reindeer herders' festival in Nadym. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia