Pascal Mannaerts travelled to the wilds of Mongolia to capture the reindeer herders of Mongolia

The Tsaatan reindeer herders have lived for thousands of years in the remote region of Ulaan Taiga. Moving their reindeer between five and 10 times each year, the hardy people search for cool plains upon which to feed their reindeer. They use the hair from the reindeer for their clothes, their milk for cheese and their dung for their fuel. Though due to interbreeding and illness, the reindeer-herding community has now dwindled to around 40 families. National Geographic writer Pascal Mannaerts decided to capture their way of life before it is lost forever

Reindeer The Tsaatan people originated from across the border in the Tuva republic of Russia.Herders Of Mongolia

The Tsaatan people were granted Mongolian citizenship in 1956 after many attempts at deportation

Reindeer Herders Of Mongolia

Reindeer Herders OTsaatan people have made their home in yurts made with birch wood. They will use the bark from 30 trees to create one yurtf Mongolia

Bolorma is getting ready to turn the milk ration into cheese the family

Just one of the Tsaatan families. From left, Bolorma, Ulziitsetseg, Tuvshinbayar, Ulziichimig, Narahuu and Ulziisaihan

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