MyHeritage Tribal Quest Siberia

A MyHeritage delegation returned from Siberia. They were there recording and preserving data from the Nenets tribe. This is the third Tribal Quest expedition.

Tribal Quest is a unique mission to record and preserve the family histories of tribal people around the world. MyHeritage believes that every story counts, and that we all have much to learn from our ancestors.

MyHeritage has a vision to help create an ever-expanding database of these invaluable stories. To do this, MyHeritage teams will visit tribal communities around the world in order to use the tools they have developed to help preserve their family histories for future generations.

MyHeritage points out that people living in remote locations with limited access to modern technology don’t have the tools to digitize their rich family stories. This means that their histories often go unrecorded. By sending teams to visit tribal communities, MyHeritage is able to use the tools they developed to help preserve their family histories for future generations.

The first Tribal Quest expedition was to Namibia. The second one was in Papua New Guinea. The third one was to Siberia to focus on the Nenets tribe. (That information will be added to the Tribal Quest website soon.) The expedition team embarked on a month-long journey in an effort to document the family histories of the Nenet people.

The Nenets people live in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, in the Yamal-Nenets Region in the outskirts of Russia. The Nenets are nomadic reindeer herders who have preserved the most traditional and colorful culture of any nomadic group on the planet for generations.

MyHeritage notes that Yamal means “Edge of the World” in the language of the Nenets. The Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District (YANO) is located in the West Siberian north, just northeast of the geographic border between Europe and Asia. Today, there are more than 10,000 nomads who herd 300,000 domestic reindeer on the pastures of the Arctic tundra.

The MyHeritage team that went to Siberia was able to build 13 family trees with over 3,000 people in them. They took thousands of photographs and hours of video footage. They documented the people, their daily life, their environment and the family unit.

The Tribal Quest website currently has information about the family histories that MyHeritage teams documented in Namibia and in Papua New Guinea. MyHeritage intends to add the information they gathered from Siberia to the Tribal Quest website soon. The Tribal Quest website will showcase the people, their culture, and their families.

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