A culture’s oldest and often most deeply held and richly developed traits are often those that began as survival strategies. How should food be procured, prepared, and shared? How should housing be constructed and maintained? How can one’s health and strength be maintained and fortified? Even when modern life or even scientific advancement has rendered these traditions obsolete, they often still maintain a place in the national identity, as part of the imagery of the national past and/or as something to revive and revel in on holidays in remembrance of the past.

Sakha Traditional Clothing: How to Dress in the Coldest Place on Earth

The original Sakha is given for some terms in parentheses. Photographs provided by Mitrofan kyyha Varvara Egorova-Dygyia, Susan Crate, and Kathryn Yegorov-Crate. The Sakha Republic, known as Sakha sire (Саха сирэ) in the Sakha language, is home to one of the most extreme climates on earth. Winter temperatures regularly dip past -45F, making it the […]

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