The story behind the "Autumn" fine art print told by Valery Nypevgi, translated by Olga Gogoleva. One of a set of twenty prints produced in Uelen in 2004. Posters and greeting cards available from nativeartsfanclub.org/shop. Proceeds donated to the Uelen Print Shop Fund to revive fine art printing in Uelen. All donations are tax deductible.
In this companion image to 'Summer', reindeer move quickly across the tundra as the cold weather approaches. 'Autumn' is an important time for herding peoples, as the reindeer calves are big enough to make clothes from. A yearly autumnal fair brings coastal and tundra peoples together to exchange goods such as whale oil, walrus skin and fish for reindeer skin and meat. This symbolic exchange dates back to ancient times and continues today. Intermarriage between Arctic fishing and herding communities is another way these groups stay connected in an essential mutual support system.
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