Enets People

Enets People

About Enets People

The Enets people (Russian: ency; singular: enec), or Yenetses, Entsy, Entsi, Yenisei, Yenisei-Samoyed, Yenisey Samoyeds or Yeniseian people are a traditionally nomadic people who live on the east bank, near the mouth, of the Yenisei River. Many live in the village of Potapovo in Krasnoyarsk Krai in western Siberia near the arctic circle. According to the 2002 Census, there are 237_Enets. In Ukraine, there were 26_Entsi in 2001, of whom_18 were capable of speaking the language. The Enets language is a Samoyedic language, formerly known as Yenisei Samoyedic (not to be confused with the Yeniseian language family, which is completely unrelated). They still speak their language, but education is in Russian so there is fear they may lose their language. The town of Potapovo was visited in the late 1990s by the British travel writer, Colin Thubron who found the Entsi deculturated and demoralized, beset with problems of alcoholism.

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