Tundra: A Tale of Vukukai, The Little Rock
Vukvukai, the Little Rock, is a Chukchi living along the Bering Sea on a remote Russian peninsula in the Arctic Circle, virtually isolated from modern life. A lifelong reindeer herder known in his community as a true man of the tundra, Vukvukai leads a life that is inseparable from the 14,000 reindeer in the Chukchi herd. He inhabits one of the harshest climate zones in the world; his story and that of the Chukchi is one of a non-stop struggle for survival. His people believe that following the practices of their ancient, nomadic, cultural traditions contributes to their continuing survival in the unyielding, frozen tundra. This documentary about the lives of the Chukchi people provides a glimpse into a remote land, culture and people that few have encountered. For now, the nomadic Chukchi culture remains intact. In Russian and Chukchi with English subtitles. Directed by Aleksei Vakhrushev, an All Roads Seed Grant recipient.