Taiga Nomads II

The Evenks live in Siberia, in the east side of the Jenisei River. There are approximately 28 000 Evenks. The autonomic Evenkiysky District is sparsely inhabited taiga. There are no roads and reindeer and helicopters are used as means of transport. The connections to the rest of the world are poor and the climate is harsh especially in the winter. The primary sources of livelihood are reindeer management, hunting and fishing. The Evenks are nomands, who wander along with the reindeer. “Taiga Nomads” portrays the life of the Evenks in the last year of the Soviet administration.

Nikolai Pavlovits has experienced a lot; the coming of the Soviet Government to the area in 1930, the war and the black spot of the present as well. Regardless of the leg lost in the war and over 70 years of age, Nikolai still lives in the taiga. His own children were killed in the war and he has a foster son, Vasha. To him, Nikolai has taught all the skills and knowledge that are needed to survive in the taiga.


Original name Taigan kansalaisia II: Taidot jotka opetit minulle
Subtitles English
Genre Documentary
Production year 1992
Production country Finland
Running time 50 min


Direction Jouko Aaltonen (also scriptwriter)
Heimo Lappalainen (also scriptwriter)
Cinematography Pertti Veijalainen
Sound recording Jouko Aaltonen
Editing Jouko Aaltonen
Translation Natalia Glukhova
Sound Effects Antero Honkanen
Sound mixing Matti Nuotio
Interpreter & Production assistant Matti Nuotio
Producer Jouko Aaltonen & Heimo Lappalainen
Sound editor Matti Kuortti
Color grading Seppo Virtanen, YLE

Screenings and awards


  • 30.11.-0001 Margaret Mead Film Festival / USA
  • 30.11.-0001 NAFA Film Festival Reykjavik / Iceland
  • 30.11.-0001 Göttingen film festival 1993: Main Prize / Germany
  • 30.11.-0001 Pärnu Film Festival 1993: Grand Prize / Estonia
  • 30.11.-0001 Fondazione Medikinale International Parma 1993: Prix Leonardo, Festival dei Popoli Florence / Italy
  • 30.11.-0001 Northern Traveling Film Festival 2004 / Russia
  • 30.11.-0001 Cinema du Reel, The Finnish Institute in Paris 2005 / France
  • 30.11.-0001 Finnish State Quality Support, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival Sodankylä, Espoo Cine / Finland


  • Pertti Veijalainen, Illume Oy

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