Treacherous rapids and remote shamanic Siberian tribes. Photography from the Russian explorer I.G. Ivanov’s 1913 Land Management Expeditions into the remote Gornaia Shoria mountain region.

A Land Management Expedition boat by the shore of the Mrassu River.
G.I. Ivanov (1826-1929), Russian topographical explorer.

During 1913, an obscure Russian explorer named I.G. Ivanov (1826-1929) undertook two gruelling topographical expeditions into southern Siberia, one to the Gornaia Shoria in the Altai region and another to the Mrasskii region, the Kuznetskii District the centre of the Gornaia Shoria). The indigenous population of this region were the Shors or Shoria, people, practitioners of both shamanism and animism.

These excellent photographs reflect both expedition activities and the life of the Shors. In the 1920s the negatives were transferred to the Altai State Museum of Regional History and Folklife; prints were made and sets from both expeditions were added to the museum’s collections.

Members of the expedition at dinner on the shore of the Mrassu River near the Saga Ulus.

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Lifting the expedition boats to the Mrasskii rapids, below the Shadrovo Ulus.

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A Land Management Expedition boat passing a Mrassu river rapids.

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General view of the Ulus Sosnovaia Gora (Pine Mountain).

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Group of Shoria men in the Srednii Chilei Ulus.

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G.I. Ivanov and a Shoriia family at the table with samovar near the tent.

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A Shoria man.

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A Shoria family dressed in city type clothes.
Inhabitants of Shoriia Ulus on the Mrassu river with members of the Land-Management Expedition of 1913.

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Missionary camp in the Ulus Ust’-Anzas.

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Shoria family by the a detachable yurt. The Kumys Ulus.

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Moving the expedition equipment on the drag harrow, near the Ust’-Anzas Ulus.

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Cutting through forest.

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Shoria Children.

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Young Shoria Women with Children.
Young Women in traditional Shoria dress.
Old Shoria man by his yurt.
Old women collecting wood.

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Shoria man with fish, caught in the river Mrassu rapids.

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Topographer, a member of the Land-Management Expedition with the village headman.
Shoria old man and woman. Results of poor nutrition – swollen stomach. The Karasu Ulus.
Young woman in the traditional clothes by a yurt.

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Shoria women mmaking shoes.

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Shoria hunters equipped for a winter hunt.

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Members of the Land-Management Expedition on the Boats by the Mrassu River Steep Shore, Near the Ulus Ust’-Anzas.
Old Shoria woman collecting wood. The Kumys Ulus.

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Caravan with bread for the expedition, near the Ust’-Kabyrza Ulus.

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Shoria family by their yurt. Ulus Kumys.

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Softening leather.

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A laborer returning from an Land-Management Expedition on a raft after his dismissal. The Mrassu River.
Indigenous Shoria man.
Young Shoria man with enlarged Thyroid gland.
The Mrassu river, above the rapids near the Saga Ulus.

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The rocky shore of the Mrassu River. Chileiskie Rocks between Srednii Chilei and Ust’-Anzas Uluses.

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Young Shoria women with children.

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Young man in traditional clothes.

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