Dolgan People

Where they live:
Russia (7,261), mostly Ukraine (26)
Total population:
Estimated 7,287
Language Branch:
Altaic, Turkic, Siberian, North Siberian, Dolgan
Russian Orthodox, Shamanism
Related to:
Yakut Sakha

Most imformation is paraphrased from:


Dolgans speak Dolgan language. Some believe that it is a dialect of Yakut language. Dolgan identity emerged in the 19th – early 20th century, when some of the Evenks, Yakut Sakha, Enets (I believe they are a Uralic people), and the so-called Tundra peasants migrated to the region away from the Lena River and Olenyok River. Originally, the Dolgans were nomadic reindeer breeders and hunters. They were eventually forced to settle and form kolkhozes during the Soviet times, engaging in reindeer breeding, hunting, fishing, dairy farming as well as market gardening).

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Dolgans are close to the Yakut Sakha people.

Discovering The Culture Links
A Picture of Dolgans with their reindeer and traditional clothing,


Like other Altaic languages Dolgan has vowel harmony, is agglutinative, and has no grammatical gender. The word order is almost always (SOV) Subject Object Verb.

Music Samples

Sadly we do not have a sample of Dolgan traditional music. However the Dolgan music tradition probably closely related to the music of the Yakut Sakha. So to give you a taste of what Dolgan music sounds like we have a traditional Yakut Sakha song.UntitledD.jpg
Siberian Song
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