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

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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  • If you want to know the truth about global warming, go live with these people for a few winters. They’ll show you the reality.

    Metalworks BoilersMetalworks Boilers10 саат мурун
  • Whew, thats a ton of work. Admire them though. My greatest problem would be the social life inside the tent, and how I'd always have to be outside of my comfort zone. Having to use the rest room in that freezing temp, cooking and cleaning- washing. All so damn hard I'm sure. Got to seriously appreciate all that we have.

    D WolfeD Wolfe11 саат мурун
  • I really like it

    Phuoc Nguyen 777Phuoc Nguyen 77712 саат мурун
  • @normad architechture when the locals set up the oven chimney the text said something about a line in the tundra that the women cannot cross. Whats up with that? I thought about itbut it might need some more explaining. Still a great video. Keep up the good work

    Mirco KruckMirco Kruck15 саат мурун
    • @Nomad Architecture thanks, ill wair for it :)

      Mirco KruckMirco Kruck4 саат мурун
    • Yes, I have been making a new video all about the poles and the lines. It is very interesting but I am very slow to make videos - it will come soon.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture5 саат мурун
  • Thank you for an excellent documentary!

    ivy rahimivy rahim15 саат мурун
  • Just bought myself a tent stove. Im sure ill never be on their level but I love winter camping.. wish I could make a living doing it.

    William LindonWilliam Lindon17 саат мурун
  • What a beautiful and difficult thing to do. Human beings are so resourceful.

    Jojo JoJojo JoКүн мурун
  • Choom Means kiss in urdu and Hidi

    Hassan KhanHassan KhanКүн мурун
    • I had better be careful if I ever give a lecture in India then. Or maybe this is a way to get the girls?

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture17 саат мурун
  • Why do they have to leave every 4 days?

    Captain MorganCaptain MorganКүн мурун
  • Fiquei com frio só de ver o vídeo. D. Alvino---BRASIL

    ana cristina anaiana cristina anaiКүн мурун
  • Thank you very much !!

    kimiko chokokimiko chokoКүн мурун
  • 🇹🇩❤️🙂

    Veronica NeculaVeronica NeculaКүн мурун
  • I have not even seen real snow. Can't even imagine, how cold it will be.

    Vijay Krishnan K KVijay Krishnan K K2 күн мурун
    • @mary wagner Yeah.

      Vijay Krishnan K KVijay Krishnan K K4 саат мурун
    • That’s too bad. It is wonderful!

      mary wagnermary wagner12 саат мурун
  • They look like white asians.

    DJ hoLocaust deniaLDJ hoLocaust deniaL2 күн мурун
  • I'm always curious about what women do when they have their menstrual period. It's hard enough having it in modern society despite our easy access to sanitary napkins and tampons. Sometimes you have a heavy period, and you bleed profusely. What do they do? I worry about girls that go to school in 3rd world countries and have to deal with it every month.

    Tracy LillyTracy Lilly2 күн мурун
    • We do have pads in third world countries

      nalikka bernanalikka berna15 саат мурун
  • My back aching hurt watching this but so good.

    OssxJahOssxJah2 күн мурун
  • I just want to know how do they take shower?

    OssxJahOssxJah2 күн мурун
  • В одной палатке более 4 человек, как они наслаждаются сексом или прелюдией? In one tent more than 4 people how they enjoy sexual life or foreplay?

    Кошик АрианКошик Ариан2 күн мурун
  • that annoying music sure sucks

    Hearts CardsHearts Cards2 күн мурун
  • That is absolutely amazing

    Steven WatsonSteven Watson2 күн мурун
  • I just discovered this channel. Great video content!

    Rian SetnadRian Setnad3 күн мурун
  • A gente reclama da vida..somos felizes e não damos valores isto sim e muito sacrifício coitados passam muito frio e apertos

    Maria nilce Dias pereiraMaria nilce Dias pereira3 күн мурун
  • Beste leben free 🙌🙏

    Asllani MenduhAsllani Menduh3 күн мурун
  • why do they migrate after every 4 days?

    Abdullah ShaikhAbdullah Shaikh3 күн мурун
    • they herd reindeer that migrate.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture3 күн мурун
  • This sounds like an adventure. Count me in

    James BrandJames Brand4 күн мурун
    • OK you're in.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture3 күн мурун
  • This might be an off the wall question... but I wonder how they bathe out there. It seems like one would get hypothermia trying to take a bath in that environment.

    Keith StewartKeith Stewart4 күн мурун
  • LIKE

    fishing with filitsafishing with filitsa4 күн мурун
  • I would be one place all winter !

    Steve FarmerSteve Farmer4 күн мурун
  • Those babies are soooo cute !

    Steve FarmerSteve Farmer4 күн мурун
  • NO, NO and NO ! but you never know until its all you got !

    Steve FarmerSteve Farmer4 күн мурун
  • City life is truly fucked right now, jammed everywhere and massive expensive. Two above average hard working incomes can barely buy a small condo and support a family. This video is pure envy, but where do you go to get laid?

    dhdoctorsdhdoctors4 күн мурун
    • They wait till everybody sleeps

      TomahekTomahek2 күн мурун
  • The crunching sound of the snow says it all.....damn cold.

    Richard DroletRichard Drolet4 күн мурун
  • 😱

    Frida KarloFrida Karlo4 күн мурун
  • due famiglie diverse sotto un unico tetto...collaborazione sopravvivenza cultura d'unione e nessun consumismo....mica fanno la fila in farmacia

    vito coppolecchiavito coppolecchia4 күн мурун
  • I can’t move every 10-20 years!!!

    Lords of DisciplineLords of Discipline4 күн мурун
  • What is the temperature?

    Lords of DisciplineLords of Discipline4 күн мурун
  • Amazingly skilled people doing a great teamwork. Respect.

    Najamul SeherNajamul Seher4 күн мурун
  • I actually have so many questions after watching it. However, thank you for showing me an extraordinary living out there.

    tangguo chitangguo chi4 күн мурун
    • Check the description and a couple of my earlier videos, might answer a few questions for you. This was meant to be a quick one-liner about putting up the tent.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture4 күн мурун
  • Wow,impressive, thanks for sharing

    Rimas MeleshyusRimas Meleshyus5 күн мурун
  • I worked and lived as an educator in northern Canada among First Nations and Inuit people for almost a decade and, although much of their nomadic life has disappeared, it was interesting to see how "in the present" and immediate their lives remain, planning for anything past a few days is considered unnecessary when the circle is small and the challenges of the present are enough. It's a beautiful approach to life of course but absolutely ruinous when applied to living in modern times... which may explain why so much tragedy visits traditional peoples in a rapidly changing world.

    Marc GoudreauMarc Goudreau5 күн мурун
    • @Nomad Architecture Quite honestly, I'm not sure building a large seal skin tupiq was practiced actively in the communities in which I taught.. and I believe they would have likely used caribou skins for the tent covering as they tended to be more plentiful and less costly... but I could be wrong about a lot of this. I wouldn't really know of contacts for such information but INAC (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) would be in a better position to answer your inquiry.

      Marc GoudreauMarc Goudreau4 күн мурун
    • Do you still have any contacts among this community? I have been trying to find a group who still have the knowledge to make a seal-skin tupiq. Please email me if you have any thoughts about where I might still find this knowledge. Thank you.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture5 күн мурун
  • I wonder if anyone else watches these videos to gently fall asleep at night to. Of all the endless videos on this site I watch to find some peace, there is something about these that tame my soul and slow my breathing. Perhaps the knowledge that despite there being a world that envelopes humans in a overwhelming sea of technology, we are still, in our body and our blood, and for 99% of our history, nomadic wanderers, finding purpose and contentment in our true engagement with nature. The wind, the trees, the sun, the community of a tribe, they will be with us always. They need to be with us always. No matter how we adapt, no matter what we surround ourselves with, this innate need will always be within us. Upright apes, lost in a world we do not fully understand.

    Lucien LawrenceLucien Lawrence5 күн мурун
  • :l O-o I feel useless

    FoxyBeryl 123FoxyBeryl 1235 күн мурун
  • Can you answer me "why this innocent people have to live in Syberia ? I know why they there . Maybe you explain to people more the true

    Marysia JanuszMarysia Janusz5 күн мурун
  • Hi do you love snow

    Bong WeltBong Welt5 күн мурун
  • Donde se bañan estas personas??

    WawitaWawita6 күн мурун
  • Too many ads, unsubbing now.

    TJ JonesTJ Jones6 күн мурун
  • Nice to see things like this but you subtitles are rubbish it should have stay on the screen for at least 15 minutes

    Mary BrownMary Brown6 күн мурун
  • What an honor it is to be able to see history and tradition like this

    Boost JunkieBoost Junkie6 күн мурун
  • how they can survive with such weather, how do they socialize and if someone is sick how do they treat it.

    Why-UWhy-U6 күн мурун
  • Where shall we camp tonight? Hmmm...yes this patch of white snow looks good

    Toms onfireToms onfire6 күн мурун
  • How good good i light

    ครัวช่างใบ้ ใจดีครัวช่างใบ้ ใจดี6 күн мурун
  • Why they are on the move every 4 days.

    Vaam Txus XyoojVaam Txus Xyooj6 күн мурун
  • They are living better wold than us !!! Peacefully life !!!

    Akbar FarzinAkbar Farzin6 күн мурун
  • Did anyone see a washing machine?

    Yabba Dabba DooYabba Dabba Doo7 күн мурун
  • I feel watch a documentary film with horror music game🙃.

    Moeh teguhMoeh teguh7 күн мурун
  • it is the same for people in Alaska some always on the move .

    blipzeroblipzero7 күн мурун
    • Really, I though all were settled there now.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture6 күн мурун
  • I'm an American but my family came from Russia maybe that's y I'm so tough n mean

    Eric SabotEric Sabot7 күн мурун
  • wow

    Eric SabotEric Sabot7 күн мурун
  • tough people would be an understatement crazy tough people

    Eric SabotEric Sabot7 күн мурун
  • Our ancestos lived like this thousands of years ago

    Lacoste1212Blanc 1212Lacoste1212Blanc 12127 күн мурун
  • Today, the Nenets people face numerous challenges from the state and oil and gas companies that threaten the environment and their way of life. The pollution of heavy metals has been transferred to the humans through mosses and reindeer meat. The average life expectancy of Nenets is 45-50 years, the suicide rate is unusually high.

    NFL1976NFL19767 күн мурун
  • Do they have money 💰 to buy oil for cooking and the snowmobiles, and the warm clothes and shoes or isn’t all handmade by them?

    Cafe80’s ArigachuCafe80’s Arigachu8 күн мурун
    • clothes, shoes, sledges they make, but they sell some of their herd each year and get money for other things.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture8 күн мурун
  • *They use heavy wood poles and animal skin INSTEAD OF MODERN TENTS, LOL, they don't mind the modern snow ski, gloves and jackets from the hardware shop lolz.*

    Mohammad was illiterateMohammad was illiterate8 күн мурун
  • In cold weather, not moving is the biggest threat of to survival.

    Rahul KapoorRahul Kapoor8 күн мурун
  • amazing people They kept thier way of life for centuries living in the harshest siberia I am so impressed their way of setting thier tents

    Eshe EsheEshe Eshe8 күн мурун
  • Full respect upon these monarchs.3w

    Work FastWork Fast8 күн мурун
  • Purpose of life is living the purpose.3e

    Work FastWork Fast8 күн мурун
  • Thanks so much! Really puts me in my place! A pleasure to watch. Thank you.

    Richard ParkRichard Park8 күн мурун
  • Normally I frown on people wearing real fur but these people deserve to wear it as they either hunt in order to get it or trade for it (I guess). It looks like an amazing way of life, very ecologically friendly. I'll never feel the same simply camping in a canvas tent again after seeing how these people do it.

    jason allan evansjason allan evans8 күн мурун
  • I have a stupid question, why move every 4-5 days?

    Art HaituArt Haitu8 күн мурун
    • They are herding reindeer that are migrating over a long distance.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture8 күн мурун
  • Great people

    Mohammad AkbarMohammad Akbar8 күн мурун
  • Riveting to watch! I pray this never becomes a Lost Art❤️🙏🏻❤️

    Two SongsTwo Songs8 күн мурун
  • I was born and live in Yamal- Nenets and still can't imagine how indigenous women cope with all this hard job in tundra

    Timur101Timur1018 күн мурун
    • @Toms onfire you are nuts or hungover..

      Timur101Timur1016 күн мурун
    • Shut up and get on with it... not as if they can just turn on the heating and sunbathe

      Toms onfireToms onfire6 күн мурун
  • It is like carrying your house in your backpack...

    sungkcsungkc9 күн мурун
  • Odd choice of background music

    Mark SMark S9 күн мурун
  • Why do they move every four days?

    Stephen BurbankStephen Burbank9 күн мурун
  • Yeah, I could move every four days. The more I learn about the nomadic Inuit, the more I wonder if they have the meaning and purpose of life down. But no, I could not live in the same tent with another family, but I am a young man and hopefully I’d have my own tent and wife with maybe a couple kids to live with. My best friend and his family are Alaskan Inuit and him and his brothers are massive men. Chris is 6’ 6” in bare feet and Mike is 6’ 4” 375lbs. Some of the biggest dudes I’ve ever met, with gigantic heads and square jaws, they’re big enough to make most Samoans and Tongans look small! I am very curious about the dogs, we get hard winters up here in the forest of The Sierra Nevada Mountains, I’d like to raise a breed that is hearty enough to survive down to 0 degrees F even though it only gets down to about 10F here.

    CaliforniaCarpenter7CaliforniaCarpenter79 күн мурун
  • Tell me this is not almost identical to a tipi and the people do they not look native only difference they have lighter skin due to racial mixing

    Jose ConejoJose Conejo9 күн мурун
  • i guess they don't shower very often, just imagine the smell in that tent

    leo simaleo sima9 күн мурун
  • For why do they move so often. Don’t they look warm tho

    Bill coleyBill coley9 күн мурун
  • That house sells for 5000 per square inch

    Bill coleyBill coley9 күн мурун
  • Hey woman cook me some whale blubber. O while you are at it I want some baby penguin.

    Bill coleyBill coley9 күн мурун
  • Wonderful work you have done with this documentary. Yes I could move like them every 4 days, if I had been born in that culture. They seem happy and well adapted to their environment. I hope for their sake they don't go to close to what we call civilization. Desease and alienation would await them.

    andrew baillieandrew baillie9 күн мурун
  • This is normality at its best, hard life simple, , and we complain when our power goes out for 3 hours, no eggs on the shelf, I got flipped off for cutting off the 80 year old man in the slow lane, were so peddy

    bruce kruegerbruce krueger9 күн мурун
  • They certainly weren’t rushed. They do it by muscle memory. I loved the part were the woman swept her half of the floor clean of snow and tossed the broom to the other side.

    Jason RoweJason Rowe9 күн мурун
  • People here in the U.S. are doin this they are called homeless and they have it worse because Acording to the government they are trespassing and are not allowed heat stoves

    Jose ConejoJose Conejo9 күн мурун
  • its like a giant jacket

    francisco nikotianfrancisco nikotian9 күн мурун
  • Nicht schlecht , so etwas zu können, dazu noch ziemlich entspannt das ganze aufbauen. Hand in Hand !!! Da kann die Zentralgeheizte sofa sitzende Zivilisation nur STAUNEN !!! ( german speaks )

    kay meierkay meier10 күн мурун
  • the Land Of Water

    Khalifah Bani MimKhalifah Bani Mim10 күн мурун
  • wow every few days they got new house

    for YTubefor YTube10 күн мурун
  • The civilized world makes us lazy and impatient. When I am moving once in few years, it is a total chaos. God bless !

    Mahdi KhattabMahdi Khattab10 күн мурун
  • This is truely amazing

    Pgd HumPgd Hum10 күн мурун
  • They No how to survive more than white people don't even No HOW TO Survive out in the sown like this that's a Fact 👌

    Pgd HumPgd Hum10 күн мурун
  • No covid masks?.. .

    nothing nothingnothing nothing10 күн мурун
  • wow, I didn't imagine Sexism was built into the tents that the nomadic Siberians build.

    evilcanofdrpepperevilcanofdrpepper10 күн мурун
  • Thanks for your time and teaching experience in video. With great respect and admiration. Sincerely, Marcy G.

    Marcy GomezMarcy Gomez10 күн мурун
  • It's good to know survival never knows when you might need to rely on those skills.

    William WyckoffWilliam Wyckoff10 күн мурун
  • They are trying to do away with these nomadic tribes and force them to assimilate.

    Green MamaGreen Mama10 күн мурун
  • Amazing🥰 but Oxygen?. No need window? I watched at first I thought the small square is a window for air (Oxygen) but it is not for air, it made for sunlight?

  • This way of building houses was inherited by the native americans when they crossed the Bering strait.

    Carmafon, S. A.Carmafon, S. A.10 күн мурун