Saturday, May 3, 2008

Bread Ovens Siberia
Khanty Women Baking Bread in Outdoor Ovens
The Khanty, called Ostyak in the Russian ethnographic literature, are a Finno-Ugric-speaking people numbering approximately 22,000, and one of the most numerous and widely-dispersed of the 26 indigenous tribal peoples of Russia. Archaeological evidence indicates that they have occupied West Siberia for at least 5,000 years; linguistic data indicates that this region is part of the Priuralic homeland of the proto-Uralic peoples, who include not only tribal peoples like the Khanty, Mansi and Nenets, but also Finns and Hungarians. During the past five millennia the Khanty have adapted themselves to significant climactic changes and to historical influences from Bronze Age Indo-Iranians, medieval Tartars, and, from the end of the sixteenth century, Russians.

Ducia Moldanov cooks fish and bakes bread in an outdoor oven.
This oven looks like it was made using a half barrel form.

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