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.
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.