DOBES Archive

GNM was asked by AL and DM to explain the institution of Sacred Reindeer among the Evens. She explained the details about the consecration of sacred reindeer, and how offerings to sacred fire are made. Then she added how she performs fumigation for children in the village school, about the organisation of the new village festival hebdjek, about Even lullabies and the rituals of femininity (wedding, first menstruation).
SEV was asked by AL and DM to tell a story or two from her childhood. She tells a story about the encounters with Gulag prisoners, an experience many Evens of her generation had. After that, she was asked to tell us something about the history of the region, since she is an expert on the local history.