The story behind the "Lottery" fine art print told by Valery Nypevgi and 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.
A Chukchi family dances a traditional dance after winning the lottery. Chukchi people live between two conflicting worlds: the native culture of hunting and gathering and the modern one of global economy and forced village living. Opportunity for employment is limited and town life can be difficult. Interestingly, the family wears traditional reindeer skin clothing, including the baby who is in reindeer calf overalls with the ears on the hood, while celebrating the very contemporary phenomena of winning the lottery.
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