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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  • The constant cough of a child suggests that not everything is so idyllic and warm...

    Anna VerchenkoAnna Verchenko2 tuntia sitten
  • So great❤️😍👍

    Madam JimMadam Jim3 tuntia sitten
  • I'd love to see how a holier than thou vegan couple live in those conditions.

    smokengreensmokengreen4 tuntia sitten
  • No men is an island.unity is much needed to build a cossy home with family.watching from Philippines.salute to them.

    maria fe sobrevegamaria fe sobrevega5 tuntia sitten
  • What a hard life and it’s amazing how warm it is you would have to rest one day to recuperate and they can’t lose a family member

    Marsha FanchinMarsha Fanchin5 tuntia sitten
  • B

    Karin KantarKarin Kantar5 tuntia sitten
  • I bet none of them got covid 19

    Corey RCorey R5 tuntia sitten
  • when society goes to shit these people will last.

    Corey RCorey R5 tuntia sitten
  • And to think it's some people in this world who has never seen snow or been in 40° weather

    Q45 54QQ45 54Q6 tuntia sitten
  • Those women are so strong wow I'm impressed at how hard they work especially the one with the brown coat.

    timr617timr6177 tuntia sitten
  • Why do they have to move every four days? How do they go to toilet at night? Do they bath?

    William KoWilliam Ko7 tuntia sitten
  • Sometimes if i am watching this kind of documentary and i am forgeting that it is 2021 now , really awsome people 👍

    My euphoriaaaMy euphoriaaa7 tuntia sitten
  • Ohh look...its "Native Americans" lol

    Sleepless Gaming CTSleepless Gaming CT7 tuntia sitten
  • Amazing.

  • It looks so cozy...I’d be happy to stay there. Their boots are nice

    F. DF. D8 tuntia sitten
  • Wait a minute you actually recorded all the video at the same spot and using a drone for the sky view, my man you got my like and my subscribe!!!!!

    Jorge BarrancoJorge Barranco9 tuntia sitten
  • I was just hoping all the dogs were allowed to sleep inside tent lol

    Josh EldredgeJosh Eldredge9 tuntia sitten
  • Reminds me of putting up G.P. Medium tents in the frozen rice fields and clearings near the DMZ in winter in Korea back in the day. There was a cold spell where even with two diesel stoves and wearing cold weather gear I was still freezing inside that tent at night. INSIDE my sleeping bag. Really. No thanks, never again lol.

    Ron ReallyRon Really10 tuntia sitten
  • Absolutely could not live as 2 families in a single tent. It’s hard enough in a 4 bedroom home with 2 living areas. Nope plus it’s to cold for me.

    Jamie BoyettJamie Boyett10 tuntia sitten
  • What beautiful people....the children are adorable!

    Ann SAnn S10 tuntia sitten
  • why move every four days?

    ron hanishron hanish13 tuntia sitten
    • To keep up with the herd of 'boo.

      4n 2earth4n 2earth6 tuntia sitten
    • Because that's what they do for thousands of years ok 😠

      Jorge BarrancoJorge Barranco8 tuntia sitten
  • I could live communally but I don't know about moving every 4 days. Amazing.

    Teri RosaTeri Rosa13 tuntia sitten
  • I love this awesome

    Darlington Boo BamDarlington Boo Bam13 tuntia sitten
  • Actually I am worried about those dogs in the cold especially that black one that was limping😳😢

    Darlington Boo BamDarlington Boo Bam13 tuntia sitten
  • Happy to see the dogs inside and keep it warm.

    jnrc7979jnrc797913 tuntia sitten
  • I work a very labor intensive occupation and this makes me feel lazy. Also, these dogs must love their life!

    BeagleEase Living FreeBeagleEase Living Free14 tuntia sitten
  • The little kids all bundled up remind me of the younger brother in "A Christmas Story."

    BeagleEase Living FreeBeagleEase Living Free14 tuntia sitten
  • I always wanted to know how a teepee was constructed. Impressive. These women are incredibly strong and strong-willed. I live in my van. I'm fine with moving every four days, but not if I had to tear down and rebuild my van each time.

    BeagleEase Living FreeBeagleEase Living Free14 tuntia sitten
  • This is really a home. What a fantastic download.

    GORDON SMITHGORDON SMITH15 tuntia sitten
  • At 23:00, there's a co-op bag! 🤔

    david fergusondavid ferguson15 tuntia sitten
    • @Nomad Architecture 🤣😂🤣👍

      david fergusondavid ferguson14 tuntia sitten
    • It is my secret way of finding out who is a) awake and b) British. and yes, it is mine.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture15 tuntia sitten
  • To move without trace is how we always were. Let us hope it can become our future when there are many fewer of us on the planet once again and more space for us.

    Jane SmithJane Smith16 tuntia sitten
  • HUBBA HUBBA HUBBA lets pick up the pace people !

    Mike WallaceMike Wallace16 tuntia sitten
  • These people for sure they will buy ice cream if we only bring it there

    PP17 tuntia sitten
  • muy interesante su construcción 🤔...!!!

    Adelina Sierra davilaAdelina Sierra davila17 tuntia sitten
    • Si cabe mencionar que ellos cambian de lugar cada 4 dias y depues de eso semueben en busca de tierras ricas .

      Jorge BarrancoJorge Barranco8 tuntia sitten
  • everyone knows his job

    Fak FakFak Fak17 tuntia sitten
  • Yokmu bir Türk ses verin

    Mehmet KayaMehmet Kaya18 tuntia sitten
  • Why do they move every four days?

    Tucker GreenTucker Green18 tuntia sitten
  • We've lost everything. Family, cooperation, knowledge of environment. We are consumers only.

    Jane KnightingaleJane Knightingale18 tuntia sitten
    • Oh that's women fault.

      Jorge BarrancoJorge Barranco8 tuntia sitten
    • consumers only ? So, we as humans are only here to consume ? shame on you for thinking like this. you must be an atheist.

      GizziiusaGizziiusa12 tuntia sitten
  • Why do they move every 4 days?

    shortypresh76shortypresh7619 tuntia sitten
  • Apasionante! Gracias desde Argentina!

    PupéPupé19 tuntia sitten
  • I LOVE that they use caribou instead of snow mobiles

    Mrs. CMrs. C21 tunti sitten
  • How do they keep the chimney from catching the poles on fire?

    Mrs. CMrs. C21 tunti sitten
    • They have learned to control the fire in the stove. A few tents did burn when this was first introduced!

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture21 tunti sitten
  • What is the guy in green doing? He could have let go and helped a long time ago! Still doing nothing, he would be sleeping/eating outside.

    Mrs. CMrs. C21 tunti sitten
    • You mean in the two pole pitch at the end? The structure does not lock together until the eighteenth pole is placed. You can see he knows the second this happens and lets go and starts doing other things.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture21 tunti sitten
  • It's tripping

    Aparna BasumataryAparna Basumatary22 tuntia sitten
  • I recommend watching a movie titled "Dersu Uzala." There is a scene where he and the Captain are caught in a sudden blizzard. That alone is worth the price of admission.

    AlexAlex23 tuntia sitten
    • @Einwetok Yes. This film was so underrated.

      AlexAlex11 tuntia sitten
    • One of Kurosawa's best! "We must work fast to live".

      EinwetokEinwetok12 tuntia sitten
  • I wonder if they do evil things to each other like our society, other than that what a hard and peaceful life.

    Peace AlwaysPeace AlwaysPäivä sitten
    • There are good and bad everywhere, but the wider clan all know each other and in any community where everyone has a place crime is less.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture21 tunti sitten
  • The music feels like it's building up to something sinister.

    Kurt KrizarKurt KrizarPäivä sitten
  • Keren... Gotong royong

    iN ceneLiN ceneLPäivä sitten
  • Simple but happy! For some poor, but these people have more than the most richest people in so called civilized world...

    DuderDuderPäivä sitten
  • Ok, so no one's gonna ask? Okaaaaay...Ill be "that guy"... WHERE DO YOU POOP?? Do you just walk outside and drop a hot one on the snow with your bare ass freezing? Do they erect a separate "poop-pee tee-pee"? Is there a curtain with a little pot behind it for that? I mean they have kids! I have kids and they have to go every 30 minutes it seems. I just don't understand... also, how do they....y'know... do the DEED? You got another family laying down 10 feet away and your kids are running around... Do you just get quiet and smush real quick under the furs and blankets all secret like? So many questions.

    Ryan KearneyRyan KearneyPäivä sitten
  • C c

    Antonio MalekAntonio MalekPäivä sitten
  • I took DNA testing im Roman English Indian Scottish Syrian Russian isreali. Pakistan Siberia Eskimo North American im Jesus house david hi

    David Simmons son of GodDavid Simmons son of GodPäivä sitten
  • All this moving and building and still time to be misogynists lmao

    k and gk and gPäivä sitten
  • Every time I see that little kid, I think of the Christmas Story. "I can't put my arms down!"

    Brandon YoungBrandon YoungPäivä sitten
  • Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating look at how these folks construct their home. I especially loved the beautiful fabrics used to literally and figuratively warm the tent’s interior. I also admire how everyone pitches in to get the work done smoothly and efficiently before the frigid Arctic night descends.

    Joyce Miller- BeanJoyce Miller- BeanPäivä sitten
  • Why they move every 4 days???

    Dr.Unknown ForeverDr.Unknown ForeverPäivä sitten
  • Why not build small but more permanent structures throughout the tundra so you have to carry less stuff around?

    Trevor LymanTrevor LymanPäivä sitten
    • @Nomad Architecture Thanks for the response. I hear you. I just think there are so many man hours going into this over and over again. Maybe make them with stone then? Or something that people can't burn? haha

      Trevor LymanTrevor Lyman14 tuntia sitten
    • There are some other Siberian herders (Evenki I think) that did this, but they were more in the wooded taiga where there are more materials available. I think in the tundra if you left a wooden structure unattended for months it might soon turn into someone else's firewood supply!

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad ArchitecturePäivä sitten
  • If things keep going in the direction they're going. We might need to join them. And I have to say, just for awhile, it might be nice. Definitely more satisfying than touch a blasted screen "clicking" on an image. That's real life.

    Bryce CampbellBryce CampbellPäivä sitten
  • Eu me desligo da correria da cidade vendo esses vídeos.

    MRGMRGPäivä sitten
  • This reminds me of Alaska natives, but not the tent part

    fairy blissfairy blissPäivä sitten
  • It sure takes family work to set it up! I counted six adults making the first one and three adults making the second one. I wouldn't mind living in one of these tents. Very sturdy and warm, lol! I assume the tent poles are made from a kind of pine tree that grows straight and tall. This home is very similar to the gers made by the Mongolians. The Mongols herd sheep to get wool for insulation. The Nenet people have only the caribou for hides. Interesting to see how they each solve this problem.

    Christopher JonesChristopher JonesPäivä sitten
    • I think our next video will be on the tent poles, I cant make these to any schedule but keep a look out for it in the next month or so.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad ArchitecturePäivä sitten
  • I actually like the music. I love these videos and thank you very much for doing them. It is so interesting to see how others survive and live; they live for the most part as our ancestors did and I think their way of life so close to the earth is much better than the modern way. We should learn to respect them and aspire to live more like they do, we would all be much more healthy too. It is such a shame that they are now consuming more carbs and sugar and eating a more modern diet that will certainly lead to health problems for them. The old ways always to seem to be better for us and the earth too.

    catstalecatstalePäivä sitten
  • 23:33 Wait a minute, I saw other videos about this kind of Nenet tent in the Artic cicle, is even with stove working, is minus 10 or 15 inside, but there are living like: hey no big deal. Withouth wearing much clothes

    Charles ChuCharles ChuPäivä sitten
    • I have been in this region several times in different tents, always you can be comfortable when the stove is on, and it will stay just above or at freezing through the night.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad ArchitecturePäivä sitten
  • I didn't see a single item that said LL Bean on it. These people have it all figured out.

    joe woodchuckjoe woodchuckPäivä sitten
  • 🐈‍⬛⛱🌍

    Aysia NorrAysia NorrPäivä sitten
  • a bit like asians in england i suppose

    Allan AllanAllan AllanPäivä sitten
  • kerplunk! but where is the space is hump?

    Allan AllanAllan AllanPäivä sitten
  • extraordinaire magnifique bravo a ce peuple

    Jean GloorJean GloorPäivä sitten
  • They use animal hide as canvass tent, it should be warm!

    Ernie LaraErnie LaraPäivä sitten
  • So this is how Genghis khan made his tents?

    LeoTiLeoTiPäivä sitten
    • @Nomad Architecture okay boss

      LeoTiLeoTiPäivä sitten
    • @Nomad Architecture okay boss

      LeoTiLeoTiPäivä sitten
    • No, his were early yurts - look at the channel vids and you will see a yurt there.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad ArchitecturePäivä sitten
  • Doggo enjoys the warmth.

    Jane DoeJane DoePäivä sitten
  • biulding without a 20 years bank credit !.

    Pierre FraissePierre FraissePäivä sitten
  • 5:40 are they playing a sort of Mikado?.

    Pierre FraissePierre FraissePäivä sitten
  • Im hoping some of the money made on this video gets them supplies they need

    oss creepyoss creepyPäivä sitten
  • I can appreciate and respect these people, hard working and not waiting for a government cheque. In Canada it’s the exact opposite.

    Peter ThiessenPeter ThiessenPäivä sitten
  • Only one question raises in my head, why the hell would anyone chose to live like that???

    Figaro CalisthenicsFigaro CalisthenicsPäivä sitten
  • -40°C or -40°F?

    Jon SnowJon SnowPäivä sitten
  • because of social distancing making those tents is not appropriate its better to sleep naked in the snow and to respect our elders teaching mr biden or mr macron for exemple

    niortal akajaseniortal akajase2 päivää sitten
  • mongolian

    moon disastermoon disaster2 päivää sitten
    • Jakuti

      Andrea MüllerAndrea MüllerPäivä sitten
  • Do they have corona viagra VIRUS.!!???????

    Fatmir KFatmir K2 päivää sitten
  • I watched your video. Am wondering, do they ever eat vegetables? I see no trees so where do they get firewood?

    Perlita RabagoPerlita Rabago2 päivää sitten
  • Love the music! Has a very eerie, arctic vibe to it. Reminds me of my travels to Canada back in the day ❤️🙏🏻

    Alec JacksonAlec Jackson2 päivää sitten
    • @Larry Freeman 😆

      T410ceT410cePäivä sitten
    • yeah right. All us Canadians live in tents and move every 4 days. Go to school and learn about the real world. Jackass.

      Larry FreemanLarry FreemanPäivä sitten
  • How many hours of daylight is each day that time of year.?

    Dixieboy 568Dixieboy 5682 päivää sitten
    • It was March - The sun is up for about 5-6 hours - but long twilights either side

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture2 päivää sitten
  • These people are not aware of catching Covid19. No masks , no distances.... Good chance for them all to die. Must be careful. Quarantine is a mandate. File a report with district office. Safety.

    Dixieboy 568Dixieboy 5682 päivää sitten
  • Hola, les saludo desde Costa Rica, America Central. nuestra temperatura promedio es de 23 grados casi todo el año. y al ver este documental, me quedo con la boca abierta de ver la fortaleza de estas personas. Desde mi tierra les envío a todos mi admiración y respeto junto con un gran y caluroso abrazo. Hello, I greet you from Costa Rica, Central America. our average temperature is 23 degrees most of the year. and watching this documentary, my jaw drops to see the strength of these people. From my land I send my admiration and respect to all of you along with a big and warm hug.

    Norag De La FuenteNorag De La Fuente2 päivää sitten
  • Their relationship with their dogs is interesting. In Mongolia they don’t care as much about them. They certainly would never be allowed into the home. Has this been written about already?

    Carl O'KaneCarl O'Kane2 päivää sitten
  • love You sweet kids

    Aryan bloodAryan blood2 päivää sitten
  • Amazing people. God Bless them 🙏 Doubt I see any of them in Florida. The humidity and heat would kill them

    Sky WatcherSky Watcher2 päivää sitten
  • First of all I don't like the cold. I like my sunshine that's why I live in a warm state.

    Victoria MakinVictoria Makin2 päivää sitten
  • No I would not! Especially moving at every couple of days.

    Victoria MakinVictoria Makin2 päivää sitten
  • I would not want to take down every couple of days and put back up. OMG but very fascinating video. ❄️🥶🌨️

    Victoria MakinVictoria Makin2 päivää sitten

    maree van grondellemaree van grondelle2 päivää sitten

    maree van grondellemaree van grondelle2 päivää sitten
    • You can see all this in my first video. Check the channel page.

      Nomad ArchitectureNomad Architecture2 päivää sitten
  • U know it's cold when the snow crunches like that. 🥶❄️

    Victoria MakinVictoria Makin2 päivää sitten
  • I'm totally impressed! This is the only youtube video I've watched to the end in about a year. There's a wonderful sense of community and family throughout. Thanks for posting! ❤

    Chrysalis MonarchChrysalis Monarch2 päivää sitten
  • I don't know about moving every four days, but if I knew the other family and also knew we worked well together then I could see being able to live that way, This is a good skill to learn in case you get stranded in the wilderness or something else happens that you just never know until it occurs.

    Susan NoelSusan Noel2 päivää sitten
  • Diesel BIEVER

    Griffin HudginsGriffin Hudgins2 päivää sitten
  • Wonderfull life, soo cold

    Pimpim on VillagePimpim on Village2 päivää sitten
  • Why they have to move every four days?

    Ming-Wei HeMing-Wei He2 päivää sitten
  • This video I very interesting, educational and very satisfying to watch. Great sharing and greetings my friend 🛖⛺💝💥

    Rural life with the Ross'Rural life with the Ross'2 päivää sitten