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Vankarem – derived from the Eskimo words “vankat” meaning “a walrus tusk” and “vankareman” meaning “tusk people” and sometimes translated as “temporarily abandoned houses”:
A settlement in the northwest of the Chukchi Peninsula, Chukotka Autonomous District, Russia. Population is about 170 people (2015 census). The Chukchi that came here in the eighteenth to nineteenth century found well-preserved abandoned dwellings but learned nothing about their origin. The settlement may either have been abandoned long before their arrival or its inhabitants died from an epidemic. The main occupation of the locals is fish hunting. In the winter of 1934, the settlement serves as an airbase of Soviet pilots who were rescuing the members of the expedition on the steamship “Chelyuskin” which had sunk in the Chukchi Sea. The inhabitants of V. had participated in the evacuation of the members, and to thank them, O. Yu. Shmidt later arranged the construction of a school here. The only way to get to the...
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