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“The Offering” by Brian Donahoe

Sorok, Okinskii Raion, Republic of Buriatiia, Russian Federation. July 18, 2009. Buddhist Lamas pray and make an offering of milk during the opening ceremony of the biannual Ulug Dag festival, held to commemorate the Soiot ethnic group’s official re-recognition as one of Russia’s indigenous small-numbered people’s in 2000. In 1926 the Soiot were officially recognized as one of the Soviet Union’s indigenous peoples, but in 1940 this status was retracted, and the Soiot were effectively erased from the official ethnic map of the USSR. Their re-recognition in 2000 was a milestone in their efforts to use indigenous status legally to lay claim to land and resources. Photo courtesy Brian Donahoe (Max Planck Institute)

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Taken on July 18, 2009