18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People

Raised in the tundra, Yelena learned sewing from her grandma and hunting from her father. After leaving her husband, she moved to Tazovsky. At first, she sewed to support her children, but went on to become an acclaimed designer of traditional Nenets clothing and a steward of her culture. Her work earned her recognition from the Italian Vogue. She is proud of her culture and wants to promote it.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: The village Tazovskiy, Russia
Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Copyright: © Mary Gelman