I grew up among the Nenets, reindeer herders who have lived on the taiga since before the Russians. My traditional upbringing brought me closer to nature than most people will ever understand. And over the years, I became aware taht the land was changing, rapidly, and not always in beneficial ways. The Nenets do not have the science to cope with these changes. So, I left my people to get an education and learn the sciences, so that I might come back to the taiga to help find solutions to the crises of climate change. This expedition is supposed to be my realization of that goal, but we have suffered so many setbacks, I think Mother Taiga may be working against us. Hopefully with the arrival of a new team and a world-class hunter, we can make a positive difference.