Warmest Tent on Earth - Pitching in the Siberian Arctic Winter - Ненецкая палатка чум

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    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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    1. Tulock the Werewolf

      -40 lmao. I live in Winnipeg, Canada and that's the normal here lol. Russians think there tough but it's all talk

      1. Nomad Architecture

        Yes, but can you guys still build a wigwam - a proper birch bark one????

    2. Edie Tea

      I loved it. Thank you.

    3. imthebindoman

      Whoever chose the backing track should be fired.

      1. Nomad Architecture

        Thanks, I wrote the music myself. This gives a great boot to my confidence thank you.

    4. Lry Lorenzo

      A full day to make the tent ,and then 2 days later pack it all up and do it again..must be annoying . Also having a shitload of clothes on you all the time ,like look at the kids ,they can't even move . Also no privacy , no running water , I can't even think about how they clean themselves . I see the beauty , but it is probably so hard to live like that . Ohh and those animals are not their heird literally ,those are semi-wild animals , they are just used to people .

    5. Glaucous Grey

      Why the heck do people making a tent need such foreboding music?

      1. Glaucous Grey

        @Nomad Architecture Oh, rap would've been horrible for sure. I'm not saying that the music is bad by any means, it just confuses me in the context. In my mind that tune made the whole experience shift from "calm tent building in tundra" to "I'm playing frostpunk and we'll all die if these aren't up by nightfall."

      2. Nomad Architecture

        Odd how this music affects so many people so differently. I was there and wrote the music out of the moods and spirit of the tundra. Lots of people like it so much they have asked for copies of it, others seem to hate it. Maybe I should just have slapped american rap behind it and kept everyone happy.

    6. gramerpolise

      i pitched a tent while watching this video

    7. Richard Crouse

      What a miserable existence! I would rather die!

    8. Alex G

      Wow, so interesting, I want more! and moving every 4 days would drive me nuts but they are born into it so it's the norm and they have all the time in the world. Lovely and amazing. Well done and thanks to the Nomads letting us see their lives 💜💜💜

    9. Survival Fire

      Wow life on the snow

    10. abdirahman hussein

      this is how men and women survived together. nowadays we have some crazy women(feminist) who think the job of men is to just oppress women. ignorance at its peek!

    11. cafer aydoğan

      Israel killed more than 200 people. the majority of them are children. Those who support Israel and remain silent are partners in this crime. Israel is committing crimes against humanity. Israel is a terror state

    12. Maria Judy Quiray Brunner

      Amazing we are snow people in Japan, in winter only,there is a lodge but outside is 5 meters of snow. ,but your hardship no compare to ours at least easy way of life, and last till spring only, Thank you👍✌️🤗🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️

    13. Ashish

      Going to see snowfall and snow clad mountains are charm to eyes...but living their more than 2 or 3 days are very hard...people get use to it over generations but it's very hard life when you do all work just to live not like a normal city life

    14. MrAphex117

      I wonder if these people know what a meme is

    15. roro To

      poor dogs were replaced by motorbike,it so sad,They are rely on fossil oil and modern civilization now.They will eventually failed to keep living in that environment and move to city. Why not?

    16. Shawn Webb

      what about the baby..

    17. Gilson


    18. Metalworks Boilers

      If you want to know the truth about global warming, go live with these people for a few winters. They’ll show you the reality.

      1. jzjzjzj

        You don't understand how global warming works.

    19. D Wolfe

      Whew, thats a ton of work. Admire them though. My greatest problem would be the social life inside the tent, and how I'd always have to be outside of my comfort zone. Having to use the rest room in that freezing temp, cooking and cleaning- washing. All so damn hard I'm sure. Got to seriously appreciate all that we have.

    20. Phuoc Nguyen 777

      I really like it

    21. Mirco Kruck

      @normad architechture when the locals set up the oven chimney the text said something about a line in the tundra that the women cannot cross. Whats up with that? I thought about itbut it might need some more explaining. Still a great video. Keep up the good work

      1. Mirco Kruck

        @Nomad Architecture thanks, ill wair for it :)

      2. Nomad Architecture

        Yes, I have been making a new video all about the poles and the lines. It is very interesting but I am very slow to make videos - it will come soon.

    22. ivy rahim

      Thank you for an excellent documentary!

    23. William Lindon

      Just bought myself a tent stove. Im sure ill never be on their level but I love winter camping.. wish I could make a living doing it.

    24. Jojo Jo

      What a beautiful and difficult thing to do. Human beings are so resourceful.

    25. Hassan Khan

      Choom Means kiss in urdu and Hidi

      1. Nomad Architecture

        I had better be careful if I ever give a lecture in India then. Or maybe this is a way to get the girls?

    26. Captain Morgan

      Why do they have to leave every 4 days?

    27. ana cristina anai

      Fiquei com frio só de ver o vídeo. D. Alvino---BRASIL

    28. kimiko choko

      Thank you very much !!

    29. Veronica Necula


    30. Vijay Krishnan K K

      I have not even seen real snow. Can't even imagine, how cold it will be.

      1. Vijay Krishnan K K

        @mary wagner Yeah.

      2. mary wagner

        That’s too bad. It is wonderful!

    31. DJ hoLocaust deniaL

      They look like white asians.

    32. Tracy Lilly

      I'm always curious about what women do when they have their menstrual period. It's hard enough having it in modern society despite our easy access to sanitary napkins and tampons. Sometimes you have a heavy period, and you bleed profusely. What do they do? I worry about girls that go to school in 3rd world countries and have to deal with it every month.

      1. nalikka berna

        We do have pads in third world countries

    33. OssxJah

      My back aching hurt watching this but so good.

    34. OssxJah

      I just want to know how do they take shower?

    35. Кошик Ариан

      В одной палатке более 4 человек, как они наслаждаются сексом или прелюдией? In one tent more than 4 people how they enjoy sexual life or foreplay?

    36. Hearts Cards

      that annoying music sure sucks

    37. Steven Watson

      That is absolutely amazing

    38. Rian Setnad

      I just discovered this channel. Great video content!

    39. Maria nilce Dias pereira

      A gente reclama da vida..somos felizes e não damos valores isto sim e muito sacrifício coitados passam muito frio e apertos

    40. Asllani Menduh

      Beste leben free 🙌🙏

    41. Abdullah Shaikh

      why do they migrate after every 4 days?

      1. Nomad Architecture

        they herd reindeer that migrate.

    42. James Brand

      This sounds like an adventure. Count me in

      1. Nomad Architecture

        OK you're in.

    43. Keith Stewart

      This might be an off the wall question... but I wonder how they bathe out there. It seems like one would get hypothermia trying to take a bath in that environment.

    44. Steve Farmer

      I would be one place all winter !

    45. Steve Farmer

      Those babies are soooo cute !

    46. Steve Farmer

      NO, NO and NO ! but you never know until its all you got !

    47. dhdoctors

      City life is truly fucked right now, jammed everywhere and massive expensive. Two above average hard working incomes can barely buy a small condo and support a family. This video is pure envy, but where do you go to get laid?

      1. Tomahek

        They wait till everybody sleeps

    48. Richard Drolet

      The crunching sound of the snow says it all.....damn cold.

    49. Frida Karlo


    50. vito coppolecchia

      due famiglie diverse sotto un unico tetto...collaborazione sopravvivenza cultura d'unione e nessun consumismo....mica fanno la fila in farmacia

    51. Lords of Discipline

      I can’t move every 10-20 years!!!

    52. Lords of Discipline

      What is the temperature?

    53. Najamul Seher

      Amazingly skilled people doing a great teamwork. Respect.

    54. tangguo chi

      I actually have so many questions after watching it. However, thank you for showing me an extraordinary living out there.

      1. Nomad Architecture

        Check the description and a couple of my earlier videos, might answer a few questions for you. This was meant to be a quick one-liner about putting up the tent.

    55. Rimas Meleshyus

      Wow,impressive, thanks for sharing

    56. Marc Goudreau

      I worked and lived as an educator in northern Canada among First Nations and Inuit people for almost a decade and, although much of their nomadic life has disappeared, it was interesting to see how "in the present" and immediate their lives remain, planning for anything past a few days is considered unnecessary when the circle is small and the challenges of the present are enough. It's a beautiful approach to life of course but absolutely ruinous when applied to living in modern times... which may explain why so much tragedy visits traditional peoples in a rapidly changing world.

      1. Marc Goudreau

        @Nomad Architecture Quite honestly, I'm not sure building a large seal skin tupiq was practiced actively in the communities in which I taught.. and I believe they would have likely used caribou skins for the tent covering as they tended to be more plentiful and less costly... but I could be wrong about a lot of this. I wouldn't really know of contacts for such information but INAC (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) would be in a better position to answer your inquiry.

      2. Nomad Architecture

        Do you still have any contacts among this community? I have been trying to find a group who still have the knowledge to make a seal-skin tupiq. Please email me if you have any thoughts about where I might still find this knowledge. Thank you.

    57. Lucien Lawrence

      I wonder if anyone else watches these videos to gently fall asleep at night to. Of all the endless videos on this site I watch to find some peace, there is something about these that tame my soul and slow my breathing. Perhaps the knowledge that despite there being a world that envelopes humans in a overwhelming sea of technology, we are still, in our body and our blood, and for 99% of our history, nomadic wanderers, finding purpose and contentment in our true engagement with nature. The wind, the trees, the sun, the community of a tribe, they will be with us always. They need to be with us always. No matter how we adapt, no matter what we surround ourselves with, this innate need will always be within us. Upright apes, lost in a world we do not fully understand.

    58. FoxyBeryl 123

      :l O-o I feel useless

    59. Marysia Janusz

      Can you answer me "why this innocent people have to live in Syberia ? I know why they there . Maybe you explain to people more the true

    60. Bong Welt

      Hi do you love snow

    61. Wawita

      Donde se bañan estas personas??

    62. TJ Jones

      Too many ads, unsubbing now.

    63. Mary Brown

      Nice to see things like this but you subtitles are rubbish it should have stay on the screen for at least 15 minutes

    64. Boost Junkie

      What an honor it is to be able to see history and tradition like this

    65. Why-U

      how they can survive with such weather, how do they socialize and if someone is sick how do they treat it.

    66. Toms onfire

      Where shall we camp tonight? Hmmm...yes this patch of white snow looks good

    67. Vaam Txus Xyooj

      Why they are on the move every 4 days.

    68. Akbar Farzin

      They are living better wold than us !!! Peacefully life !!!

    69. Yabba Dabba Doo

      Did anyone see a washing machine?

    70. Moeh teguh

      I feel watch a documentary film with horror music game🙃.

    71. blipzero

      it is the same for people in Alaska some always on the move .

      1. Nomad Architecture

        Really, I though all were settled there now.

    72. Eric Sabot

      I'm an American but my family came from Russia maybe that's y I'm so tough n mean

    73. Eric Sabot


    74. Eric Sabot

      tough people would be an understatement crazy tough people

    75. Lacoste1212Blanc 1212

      Our ancestos lived like this thousands of years ago

    76. NFL1976

      Today, the Nenets people face numerous challenges from the state and oil and gas companies that threaten the environment and their way of life. The pollution of heavy metals has been transferred to the humans through mosses and reindeer meat. The average life expectancy of Nenets is 45-50 years, the suicide rate is unusually high.

    77. Cafe80’s Arigachu

      Do they have money 💰 to buy oil for cooking and the snowmobiles, and the warm clothes and shoes or isn’t all handmade by them?

      1. Nomad Architecture

        clothes, shoes, sledges they make, but they sell some of their herd each year and get money for other things.

    78. Mohammad was illiterate

      *They use heavy wood poles and animal skin INSTEAD OF MODERN TENTS, LOL, they don't mind the modern snow ski, gloves and jackets from the hardware shop lolz.*

    79. Rahul Kapoor

      In cold weather, not moving is the biggest threat of to survival.

    80. Eshe Eshe

      amazing people They kept thier way of life for centuries living in the harshest siberia I am so impressed their way of setting thier tents

    81. Work Fast

      Full respect upon these monarchs.3w

    82. Work Fast

      Purpose of life is living the purpose.3e

    83. Richard Park

      Thanks so much! Really puts me in my place! A pleasure to watch. Thank you.

    84. jason allan evans

      Normally I frown on people wearing real fur but these people deserve to wear it as they either hunt in order to get it or trade for it (I guess). It looks like an amazing way of life, very ecologically friendly. I'll never feel the same simply camping in a canvas tent again after seeing how these people do it.

    85. Art Haitu

      I have a stupid question, why move every 4-5 days?

      1. Nomad Architecture

        They are herding reindeer that are migrating over a long distance.

    86. Mohammad Akbar

      Great people

    87. Two Songs

      Riveting to watch! I pray this never becomes a Lost Art❤️🙏🏻❤️

    88. Timur101

      I was born and live in Yamal- Nenets and still can't imagine how indigenous women cope with all this hard job in tundra

      1. Timur101

        @Toms onfire you are nuts or hungover..

      2. Toms onfire

        Shut up and get on with it... not as if they can just turn on the heating and sunbathe

    89. sungkc

      It is like carrying your house in your backpack...

    90. Mark S

      Odd choice of background music

    91. Stephen Burbank

      Why do they move every four days?

    92. CaliforniaCarpenter7

      Yeah, I could move every four days. The more I learn about the nomadic Inuit, the more I wonder if they have the meaning and purpose of life down. But no, I could not live in the same tent with another family, but I am a young man and hopefully I’d have my own tent and wife with maybe a couple kids to live with. My best friend and his family are Alaskan Inuit and him and his brothers are massive men. Chris is 6’ 6” in bare feet and Mike is 6’ 4” 375lbs. Some of the biggest dudes I’ve ever met, with gigantic heads and square jaws, they’re big enough to make most Samoans and Tongans look small! I am very curious about the dogs, we get hard winters up here in the forest of The Sierra Nevada Mountains, I’d like to raise a breed that is hearty enough to survive down to 0 degrees F even though it only gets down to about 10F here.

    93. Jose Conejo

      Tell me this is not almost identical to a tipi and the people do they not look native only difference they have lighter skin due to racial mixing

    94. leo sima

      i guess they don't shower very often, just imagine the smell in that tent

    95. Bill coley

      For why do they move so often. Don’t they look warm tho

    96. Bill coley

      That house sells for 5000 per square inch

    97. Bill coley

      Hey woman cook me some whale blubber. O while you are at it I want some baby penguin.

    98. andrew baillie

      Wonderful work you have done with this documentary. Yes I could move like them every 4 days, if I had been born in that culture. They seem happy and well adapted to their environment. I hope for their sake they don't go to close to what we call civilization. Desease and alienation would await them.