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In the Arctic, it’s not only the climate that’s changing. It’s the people, too.⁠ As Arctic communities are forced to adapt to the rapid pace of climate change, their traditional way of life is under threat. Increasingly, northern peoples are transitioning into contemporary lifestyles. The move towards modernity poses the risk that ancestral knowledge about how to hunt and survive in some of the harshest conditions on the planet will disappear with the elders.⁠

⁠Every year since 1971, photographer Bryan Alexander has travelled to the Arctic to photograph life in the indigenous communities around the circumpolar north. He recently began to re-photograph people he’d first captured on film decades ago. His pictures reveal a culture in a state of limbo between a centuries-old way of life, and more modern sensibilities.⁠

⁠Check out the full story PDF, complete with text here.

Inside a reindeer skin tent a Anastasia Pulka, a Nenets woman, comforts her baby daughter, Elvira. Yamal, Siberia, Russia.1993.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Inside a reindeer skin tent a Anastasia Pulka, a Nenets woman, comforts her baby daughter, Elvira. Yamal, Siberia, Russia.1993.
Anastasia Puyko,a Nenets woman, who works as a nurse at the hospital in Yar-Sale. Her daughter, Elvira (behind) is studying banking. Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2018.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Anastasia Puyko,a Nenets woman, who works as a nurse at the hospital in Yar-Sale. Her daughter, Elvira (behind) is studying banking. Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2018.
Sasha Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, sets a fishing net on a tundra pond. Yamal. Siberia. Russia. 1993.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Sasha Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, sets a fishing net on a tundra pond. Yamal. Siberia. Russia. 1993.
Sasha Serotetto, the director of the Yarsalinsky State Farm, in his office in the village of Yar-Sale. Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Sasha Serotetto, the director of the Yarsalinsky State Farm, in his office in the village of Yar-Sale. Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.
Orfik Duneq, his wife Judithe and daughter Jacobine using an ice floe as a raft to cross a wide lead in early summer. Qaanaaq. NW Greenland. (1971)  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Orfik Duneq, his wife Judithe and daughter Jacobine using an ice floe as a raft to cross a wide lead in early summer. Qaanaaq. NW Greenland. (1971)
Jacobine Have, an Inuit woman photographed in her office at the hospital at Qaanaaq where she works in administration. Northwest Greenland, 2021.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Jacobine Have, an Inuit woman photographed in her office at the hospital at Qaanaaq where she works in administration. Northwest Greenland, 2021.
Albina Rocheva, a Nenets girl, kisses one of her family's pet reindeer calves. Nadym Tundra, Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia. 2000  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Albina Rocheva, a Nenets girl, kisses one of her family's pet reindeer calves. Nadym Tundra, Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia. 2000
Albina Rocheva, a Nenets woman from a reindeer herding family, who now works as a presenter for Nadym Television. Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Albina Rocheva, a Nenets woman from a reindeer herding family, who now works as a presenter for Nadym Television. Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.
Galya Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herders wife, frosted up after a cold day's travel. Yamal, Siberia. 2019.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Galya Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herders wife, frosted up after a cold day's travel. Yamal, Siberia. 2019.
Galya Serotetto, an elderly Nenets woman, inside her family's reindeer skin tent at their winter camp. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia. 2019.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Galya Serotetto, an elderly Nenets woman, inside her family's reindeer skin tent at their winter camp. Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Russia. 2019.
Valya Serotetto, a Nenets girl, stirs a pot of reindeer stew over an open fire in a tent. Yamal. Siberia. Russia.1993.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Valya Serotetto, a Nenets girl, stirs a pot of reindeer stew over an open fire in a tent. Yamal. Siberia. Russia.1993.
Valya Khudi,a Nenets woman, unloading the dish washer in the modern kitchen of her family's apartment in Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Valya Khudi,a Nenets woman, unloading the dish washer in the modern kitchen of her family's apartment in Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.
Aleksey Serotetto, a Nenets boy, proudly holds up a Whitefish that he has caught in a tundra lake. Yamal. Siberia. Russia. 1993  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Aleksey Serotetto, a Nenets boy, proudly holds up a Whitefish that he has caught in a tundra lake. Yamal. Siberia. Russia. 1993
Alexey Serotetto, the director of the Kharp Reindeer Cooperative. Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Alexey Serotetto, the director of the Kharp Reindeer Cooperative. Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.
Eqilana Simigaq, an Inuit woman, carries her son in a sealskin amaut.Qeqertat, Northwest Greenland. 1980.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Eqilana Simigaq, an Inuit woman, carries her son in a sealskin amaut.Qeqertat, Northwest Greenland. 1980.
Eqilana Simigaq, the Inuit priest of the Lutheran church in the community of Qaanaaq. Northwest Greenland. 2019.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Eqilana Simigaq, the Inuit priest of the Lutheran church in the community of Qaanaaq. Northwest Greenland. 2019.
Nenets boy eating raw Reindeer / Caribou meat with a sharp knife. Yamal, Siberia, Russia, 1993.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets boy eating raw Reindeer / Caribou meat with a sharp knife. Yamal, Siberia, Russia, 1993.
Kosta Serotetto, labourer working in Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2021. Kosta was born into a family of reindeer herders in 1987. After school he worked as a reindeer herder, before giving up...  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Kosta Serotetto, labourer working in Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2021. Kosta was born into a family of reindeer herders in 1987. After school he worked as a reindeer herder, before giving up...
Pudako Serotetto, a young Nenets boy, standing by a corral with a young Laika reindeer herding dog on the spring migration. Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia, 1996.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Pudako Serotetto, a young Nenets boy, standing by a corral with a young Laika reindeer herding dog on the spring migration. Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia, 1996.
Puako Serotetto, a Nenets man from a reindeer herding family, who works as a sports trainer at Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2021.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Puako Serotetto, a Nenets man from a reindeer herding family, who works as a sports trainer at Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2021.
Leova Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, peers out of the window of a reindeer skin tent. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia. 1993  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Leova Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, peers out of the window of a reindeer skin tent. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia. 1993
Leova Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, holds a dead wolverine that he shot near his family's reindeer herd. Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Leova Serotetto, a Nenets reindeer herder, holds a dead wolverine that he shot near his family's reindeer herd. Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.
Arnanguaq Qujaukitsok, an Inuit girl from Thule wearing a fox fur hood. Northwest Greenland. 1998  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Arnanguaq Qujaukitsok, an Inuit girl from Thule wearing a fox fur hood. Northwest Greenland. 1998
Arnanguaq Qujaukitsoq, a young Inuit woman from Qaanaaq in Northwest Greenland. 2019  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Arnanguaq Qujaukitsoq, a young Inuit woman from Qaanaaq in Northwest Greenland. 2019
Tukumeq Qaerngaq, an Inuit mother, carrying her daughter, Maria, in a sealskin amaut (hooded jacket). Qingmiunaqarfik Island, Northwest Greenland, 1985.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Tukumeq Qaerngaq, an Inuit mother, carrying her daughter, Maria, in a sealskin amaut (hooded jacket). Qingmiunaqarfik Island, Northwest Greenland, 1985.
Tukumeq Qaerngaq, an Inuit woman who works as vice principal of a school in Qaanaaq, Northwest Greenland, 2021.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Tukumeq Qaerngaq, an Inuit woman who works as vice principal of a school in Qaanaaq, Northwest Greenland, 2021.
Magssanguak Imina making a traditional string puzzle that represents a tent, while sitting in a tent. Thule, Northwest Greenland. 1971  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Magssanguak Imina making a traditional string puzzle that represents a tent, while sitting in a tent. Thule, Northwest Greenland. 1971
Magssanguaq Imina, an Inuit man from Qaanaaq, demonstrates a traditional string puzzle called the tent. He is wearing a white anorak which he wears on Sundays and celebratory occasions. Avanersuaq, No...  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Magssanguaq Imina, an Inuit man from Qaanaaq, demonstrates a traditional string puzzle called the tent. He is wearing a white anorak which he wears on Sundays and celebratory occasions. Avanersuaq, No...
Inuit woman, Savfak Kivioq, hangs up a sealskin she has cleaned, at hunting camp. Northwest Greenland. 1980  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Inuit woman, Savfak Kivioq, hangs up a sealskin she has cleaned, at hunting camp. Northwest Greenland. 1980
Saufak Kiviok, an elderly Inuit woman, inside her home in the community of Qaanaaq. Avanersuaq, Northwest Greenland  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Saufak Kiviok, an elderly Inuit woman, inside her home in the community of Qaanaaq. Avanersuaq, Northwest Greenland
Inuit hunter Qarkutsiaq Kristiansen with a Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) over the side of his boat after an autumn hunt. Northwest Greenland. 1987.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Inuit hunter Qarkutsiaq Kristiansen with a Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) over the side of his boat after an autumn hunt. Northwest Greenland. 1987.
Qakutsiaq Kristiansen, an Inuit man, working in the Pilersuisoq general store in Qaanaaq. Avanersuaq, Northwest Greenland. 2019.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Qakutsiaq Kristiansen, an Inuit man, working in the Pilersuisoq general store in Qaanaaq. Avanersuaq, Northwest Greenland. 2019.
Panigpak Daorana, an Inuit hunter, waiting by a seal's breathing hole on the sea ice, harpoon at the ready. Bylot Sound near Narssarssuk, Northwest Greenland, 1980.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Panigpak Daorana, an Inuit hunter, waiting by a seal's breathing hole on the sea ice, harpoon at the ready. Bylot Sound near Narssarssuk, Northwest Greenland, 1980.
Panigpak Daorana, an Inuit man photographed in his office where he works as head of administration in Qaanaaq's Municipality offices. Northwest Greenland, 2021.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Panigpak Daorana, an Inuit man photographed in his office where he works as head of administration in Qaanaaq's Municipality offices. Northwest Greenland, 2021.
Sveta Pyak, A Khanty woman, on a reindeer drive in Khanty Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia. 2000.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Sveta Pyak, A Khanty woman, on a reindeer drive in Khanty Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia. 2000.
Sveta Pyak, a Khanty woman, with 'Ava,' her pet reindeer calf. She is wearing traditional Khanty winter reindeer skin slothing. Numto, Khanty Mansiysk, Northwest Siberia, Russia. 2020  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Sveta Pyak, a Khanty woman, with 'Ava,' her pet reindeer calf. She is wearing traditional Khanty winter reindeer skin slothing. Numto, Khanty Mansiysk, Northwest Siberia, Russia. 2020
Olesya Serotetto, a Nenets girl, holding a draught reindeer. Yamal Peninsula, Western Siberia, Russia. 1993  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Olesya Serotetto, a Nenets girl, holding a draught reindeer. Yamal Peninsula, Western Siberia, Russia. 1993
Olesya Serotetto, a Nenets woman from a reindeer herding family, who works as a nurse in the hospital in Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Olesya Serotetto, a Nenets woman from a reindeer herding family, who works as a nurse in the hospital in Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.
Christina Serotetto, a Nenets girl, watches reindeer in a corral Yamal. Siberia. Russia. 1993  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Christina Serotetto, a Nenets girl, watches reindeer in a corral Yamal. Siberia. Russia. 1993
Christina Serotetto, a Nenets woman from a reindeer herding family, who now works as a lawyer in Salekhard. Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Christina Serotetto, a Nenets woman from a reindeer herding family, who now works as a lawyer in Salekhard. Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2017.
Otto Simigak with a mug of tea during a break on a hunting trip in light snow. Siorapaluk, Northwest Greenland.1977.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Otto Simigak with a mug of tea during a break on a hunting trip in light snow. Siorapaluk, Northwest Greenland.1977.
Otto Simigaq, an Inuit hunter, from the community of Qaanaaq in Northwest Greenland. 2019.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Otto Simigaq, an Inuit hunter, from the community of Qaanaaq in Northwest Greenland. 2019.
Dmitri Khorolya, a Nenets reindeer herder at a reindeer corral near Yarudey, Western Siberia, Russia. 1996.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Dmitri Khorolya, a Nenets reindeer herder at a reindeer corral near Yarudey, Western Siberia, Russia. 1996.
Dmitri Khorolya, a Nenets man from a reindeer herding family, in his modern apartment in Salekhard, Siberia, 2021.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Dmitri Khorolya, a Nenets man from a reindeer herding family, in his modern apartment in Salekhard, Siberia, 2021.
Olga Serotetto, a Nenets woman, feeds boiled fish to weak young reindeer. Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia. 1996.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Olga Serotetto, a Nenets woman, feeds boiled fish to weak young reindeer. Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia. 1996.
Olga Serotetto, a Nenets woman from a reindeer herding family, outside the Yamal Reindeer office where she works. Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2021.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Olga Serotetto, a Nenets woman from a reindeer herding family, outside the Yamal Reindeer office where she works. Yar-Sale, Yamal, NW Siberia, Russia. 2021.
Thomas Qujaukitsok, an Inuit boy, laughing at Inerssussat. Thule, Northwest Greenland. 1971  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Thomas Qujaukitsok, an Inuit boy, laughing at Inerssussat. Thule, Northwest Greenland. 1971
Thomas Qujaukitsoq, an Inuit hunter from Qaanaaq, with his sled dog 'Pluto'. Avanersuaq, Northwest Greenland. 2019.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Thomas Qujaukitsoq, an Inuit hunter from Qaanaaq, with his sled dog 'Pluto'. Avanersuaq, Northwest Greenland. 2019.
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