Sunday, January 18, 2015

Documentary: Happy People - Review and link

We watched a good documentary about a Russian village in Siberia.  They are pretty much cut off from the world and have to be self reliant for most things. They still have a supply line in the summer via the river when steam boats can travel the river.  Otherwise things are flown in by helicopter.   I think this is a good example of the kind of living a lot of people will be doing around the globe as the global economy in it's current form takes it's last breaths. 

I enjoyed watching the hunters in this documentary as they show some of the traps they make, the talk of the importance of hunting dogs, and you see heavy reliance on tools and skills in their trade.  I have seen similar documentaries in Alaska and other severe northern climates like this and I find it quite interesting the methods, foods, and fuels they use to survive and even be happy.  I am sharing the link here and hope you enjoy it.  I thought it was quite good and makes me extremely happy to know that I don't have mosquitoes anything like these folks have!  And to know that our off grid homestead will be located in a place that we will possibly have options to trade with other people and communities.

The things that stood out to me in this documentary was the reliance still on fossil fuels. As we continue to watch the STHF access to fuels could be quite questionable.  You see the people in the village using coal and gasoline.  You see the hunters relying on gas for snow mobiles and it made me wonder how they did it before machines like this.  They also had chainsaws which the noted was one of the rare modern tools they have.   But you see some wonderful craftsmanship with axes and other wood working tools.  

One more point is that this community largely still functions like a cold war era Soviet Union under communism.  The state still pays the people employed in jobs there.  There are some drawing a pension there. They still have grains and fuels and supplies brought into them.  However it appears the hunters are freelance.  They were granted a large chuck of land by the government to hunt, fish, trap. Then the hunters choose to live this lifestyle.  It is a good documentary and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Lots of thoughts and inspiration from watching these folks.

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