Tundra residents to receive certificates for ‘turnkey chums'
Young families in Yamal can now obtain certificates for the construction of traditional nomadic tents — chums. All the necessary construction materials, including 25-40 long poles, 40-60 reindeer skins, plus special windproof covering and a potbelly stove will be provided.
Traditionally, it takes years to build a proper chum. When a child is still small, their parents begin constructing a chum for the child's future family. Women prepare reindeer skins, while men prepare the poles. A good chum can cost 700,000-800,000 rubles, and given that nomadic families usually have 5-6 children, it is quite a costly endeavor.
The certificate campaign was initiated a year ago, when the Yezangi family of young reindeer herders asked the administration of the Salemal village to help them build their own chums. According to village head Maxim Karelin, they were provided with certificates and it was decided to make this campaign an annual thing.