Forest Enets

The bears, the food sledge and the helicopter

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In this true account, a reindeer herder remembers a special event. While settled in the Tundra for spring, the man saw a female bear and her cubs rummaging through his food sledge. Finding that the animals had ruined all his provisions he called for help with a radio transmitter and got sent food by a helicopter.

Recording: This text was recorded in Potapovo in 2009 by Andrey Shluinsky and Maria Ovsjannikova. Transcribed by Maria Ovsjannikova with the help of Ekaterina Glibchenko, glossed by Andrey Shluinsky.