Anna Alagyzova purifies her home with vodka before a ceremony where she will feed a doughy mixture to 12 household gods, dolls called emengeders lined up on the shelf behind her. Alagyzova is one of few remaining members of the Teleut people that speak the people's native language.
The Kuznetsk Basin is Russia's largest source of coal and the traditional home of several native Turkic tribes. Open pit coal mines, like this one outside the village of Chuvashka, surround their villages.
Students wander the halls of the main school in the small town of Bekovo, Russia, where they teach the local native language of Teleut.
A young boy walks through soot-covered snow in the coal mining town of Leninsk-Kuznetsk in the Kemerovo region.
Zoya Mazhina rests on a bed in the living room. She is the elder among the Teleut natives in her small village on the outskirts of Novokuznetsk.
Raya Nitkina pulls a sled near her home in the village of Chuvashka, where mostly Shortsy native people live. The smoke filtering through the air emanates from strip mining explosions in the nearby strip mine.
Olya moved to the city for a while but returned to her home village of Shanda where she lives with her grandmother.
A woman stands near the road, watching, in Leninsk-Kuznetsk.
Children sleep in a nap room at the newly constructed kindergarten, "Planet of Childhood," in the small town of Bekovo.
Ethnic Russians celebrate their wedding by realeasing doves at the fortress in Novokuznetsk.
Kostya drinks tea in a suburb of Novokuznetsk.
Anna Tadykova leaves her home in a Teleut village near Novokuznetsk.
Yury Kastarakov, one of the the most financially successful members of the Shortsy people, funded the construction of this yurt for shamanic ceremonies in the village of Chuvashka. Wishes made while sitting in this carved wood throne will be granted, he says.
Stalin Street in Mezhdurechensk.