Nomads III

NOMADS III. KORIAKS (KAMCHATKA – KURIL ISLANDS)

NOMADS III (KORIAKS) will document the way of life and customs of the Koriak population in Kamchatka. We will travel in winter by helicopter to the center of the peninsula, well above the Klyuchi volcanic environment to locate the herd of reindeer that these shepherds live. An exploration project led by Javi Martín de Villa and advised by Denis Urubco will provide greater knowledge of the region. The physical exploration of the Kuril Islands, from the Kamchatka Peninsula to Japan, is also part of the same project.

Nomads III

OBJECTIVES KAMCHATKA

1. Location of nomadic tents (by helicopter flights) and situation with UTM coordinates.
2. Documentation of the way of life.
3. Relationship with other ethnic groups (Itelmen (Kamchadals), Evenk, Chukchi and Ainu).
4. Relation with the natural environment.
5. Religion / Beliefs.
6. Survival (summer / winter).
7. Knowledge of Russian and Western culture (sovietization process).
8. Education system.
9. Food / nutrition.
10. Dangers that threaten their culture. Expectations for the future.
11. Population rate.
12. Indicators of carbon trace.
13. Political representation in the Krai / Federation.
14. Contribution to / from the state.
15. Ethnic identification within full rights.

PROPOSAL FOR EXPLORATION OF THE TERRITORY:

Integrated project led by Javier Martín de Villa, and advised by Denis Urubko.

KURIL ISLANDS

Because of the unknown of this area, we consider the need to integrate within the expedition a scientific research project that will have two complementary strands, defined by the islands’ own volcanic activity.

1. Physical exploration of each island.
2. Ascent to the highest volcano of each island (collection of rock samples and surface soil for laboratory study – Department of Geology University of Oviedo)
3. Approximation and collection of samples of lacustrine bottoms for laboratory study (Institute of Earth Sciences (CSIC)).
4. Study of the administrative reality of the islands / conflict with Japan.
5. Study of the local population in the islands:
5.1. Current settlement.
5.2. Population movement in past times.
5.3. Remains of ancient settlements.
5.4. Destination or assimilation of local populations.
6. Study of the Russia / Japan war zones.
PROPOSAL FOR EXPLORATION OF THE TERRITORY:
Integrated project led by Javier Martín de Villa, and Sofía García Martín.

PROJECT PROGRAM
OCTOBER / DECEMBER 2019

Days 1/3: Flight Madrid – Petropavlovsk.
Days 3/5: Petropavlovsk. Logistic preparation for the trip in Kamchatka and contact with local guide.
Days 6/7: Helicopter transport and location of nomadic Koryaks.
Aerial photography of the volcanoes and the frozen taiga.
Days 7/14: Stay with Koryak family.
Photographic documentation and video of defined objectives.
Day 15/21: Location of a new Koryak family (helicopter?) and staying with it.
Photographic documentation and video of defined objectives.
Day 22: Transfer by helicopter to Petropavlovsk.
Aerial photography of the volcanoes and the frozen taiga.
Days 22/24: Petropavlovsk. Logistic organization of the trip to the Kuril Islands.
Day 25: Helicopter flight over the Kuril Islands and back to Atlasov.
Photography and aerial video of the Kuril Islands.
Catamaran from Petropavlovsk to Atlasov with the rest of the team.
Days 25/57: Tour of the Kuril Islands (Shumshu – Kunashir).
Physical exploration of the islands.
Approximation and ascent to the most relevant volcanoes.
Collection of rock samples in volcanic cones.
Approach and study of existing lakes and collection of samples of the lake bottoms of the islands.
Days 58/60: Transfer to Tokyo.
Days 61/62: Flight Tokyo – Madrid.