I had to stay in the capital of the region – Naryan Mar for some time to plan the proper work in far more distant settlements and I tried to develop my skills in interview-recording. A lot of people from the Nenets villages who got the chance to obtain a prestigious flat in the capital, the only city in the region, are moving here after retirement.
Of course they are mostly people who had some higher job in the state administration or climbed up the social ladder by education. A lot of older ladies are available for oral history interviews here in the town.
I got a warm welcome from the director of the centre and was introduced to the Nenets folklore and theatre troupe „Ilebts“. The ladies enjoyed to remember the old days in the tundra and the small settlements.
The majority are coming from the Malozemelskaia tundra, the name for the area west of the Pechora delta. The first Nenets Kolkhoz was founded here in the 1920s and it was also the first to go bankrupt at the beginning of the 1990s.