Udihe

The bear hunt

This story relates some true events: crossing the river Dzali on their way back from a fishing trip, the speaker and her husband Ilya once came across a swimming bear. They decided to wait for it to reach the riverbank and kill it there. However, when the bear reached the bank, it ran so fast that they missed it.

Recording: Udihe videos were recorded by Maria Tolskaya, some with participation of Elena Perekhvalskaya, in 2006 in the village Krasnyy Yar and in 2011 in the village Agzu.

Illustration: Ivan Dunkay, “Bikin River”, Oil on canvas, 60 x 80, 2011.