“Amaka, Amikan” – is translated as “Bear” from the language of native people – the Evenki , who used to inhabit the territory around Baikal Lake. According to their beliefs, bears don’t touch women. If the bear meets a woman – takes her to taiga forest to his den and makes her the mistress of the den. Right now this indigenous people - the Evenks - live on the North of Baikal, most of them along the BAM railway in Chitinskaya region. I was very lucky to travel to those places. Those Evenks who still are deer-breeders live in the brides in the forest in the remote areas away from villages and civilization. Most of evenks live in the villages along the BAM. Most of the youngs go to the cities, and it's a pity that very few of them return to the campsites in the forest to continue deer-breeding and follow their traditional lifestyle. I like their beautiful language: Amaka, Syulban, Nyama... and them as well:-))
Read the legend about Amikan in one of our artictes: The legend about "Amikan"
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Hi! My name is Svetlana and I've been working as a guide at Baikal lake for more than 10 years. Travelling around Baikal lake has always been a passion of mine. In summer time it is trekking to the near-by mountains, travelling by bikes, jeep, moto, rock climbing and just camping, and in winter it is cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, dog-sled riding and ice-climbing. I think I am very lucky to be born here, to breath the freshest air and drink the clearest water of the Sacred Sea, to camp in its cozy bays and climb its steep shores, to never stop studying its flora and fauna and see the seasons change each other. I am also a mother of a wonderful girl and a precious boy who make my life complete and we enjoy coming to Father Baikal for advice, healing and inspiration.
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