The Oroqen, one of the oldest ethnic groups in northeast China, live in Inner Mongolia and in the province of Heilongjiang. Their name Oroqen, means “people using reindeer” The Oroqens are mainly hunters and it is customary of them to use animal fur and skins for clothing.The traditional Oroqen dwelling, called a xierenzhu, is covered in the summer with birch bark and in the winter with deer furs.But nowadays, most Oroqen live in settlements provided by the Chinese government.Though officially banned, most Oroqen still hunt. Some older hunters prefer traditional means, while many hunt at night with a truck and spotlight. I was invited by the Oroqen Foundation to live with them for two weeks and document their disappearing way of life. You can read more about this fascinating group of people here.
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