Documentary: Happy People-A Year in the Taiga

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    Love it! About time to watch it again.
     
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    I have merged the Taiga threads.
     
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    That dude has some serious axe skills!
     
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    Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    I watched this documentary on Netflix the other day. It follows primarily one guy for a year in Siberia. He hunts and traps all winter, fishes all summer. It shows how to make many of the traps that he uses and how they work. It shows how he makes a set of skis from a log he cuts down, splits using wedges he makes on the spot, and shapes using hot water and a bending jig. There is a part that show how two guys make a dug-out canoe that is really cool. It is a documentary well worth watching.
     
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    T-bone your thread was merged here with the super thread on this. We have had many on this video. We are just going to start merging them.
     
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    No problem. I guess I was too excited to tell people about this great film that I failed to do a search to see if anyone else had seen it.
     
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    And somehow, in the past 2 years, I've completely missed this thread/these threads. just watched a bunch of trailers/pieces and parts (what's left on youtube) and have already told my wife to find it on netflix next time she updates the list. WOW!
     
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    Great film, queuing it up again right now.
     
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    I just watched this last night. Was going to see if anyone else had seen it when I found this thread. Was a really good movie. These guys are some serious bushcrafters.
     
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    Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Anyone watch this documentary? It demonstrates many different bushcraft skills by people living their whole lives in the bush.

    Happy People: A Year in the Taiga is a 2010 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov and produced by Herzog.[2] The film depicts the life of the people in the village of Bakhtia along the Yenisei River in the Siberian taiga. In particular, it focuses on the trappers who hunt for fur animals like sable. It also briefly detours in to a look at the life of native Ket people. The footage in the documentary was edited from a previous television work by Vasuykov, with original production and voiceovers by Herzog.[3]

    I think you'll like it. It is on Netflix at the moment.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1683876/
     
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    I really dug that documentary. Definitely worth the watch.
     
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    I saw it recently. The distances they cover are insane. So are the mosquitoes. Do they get like that in Minnesota?

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    I bought the DVD about a year ago and have watched it at least a dozen times. My only complaint is it should have been about four hours longer. I love this film :44:
     
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    good flic, very interesting. Shows lots of trapping and interaction with dogs. I don't know what the newer movie version has it. The government bringing in people to hunt / trap while the local indigenous population all but destroyed themselves with alcohol was telling.
     
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    I watched this a few months ago and am thinking of watching it again soon. I thought it was excellent, very well done. Especially cool to see one of the trappers makes his own skis...
     
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    There have been a couple threads on this. I got it a couple months ago via Netflix and spent some happy time of my own... everything was cool, except the mosquitos...
     
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    The extra feature on DVD was good too, almost as long as the film. I saw it when we still got DVDs from netflix. The extra feature is not available on netflix streaming though FYI.
     
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    Caught this one a few months back. I really enjoyed it.
     
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    I saw it in the theater with my wife. We liked it, especially these people's relationships with their dogs. It's a tough life, but at least, as the title says, it's a happy one.
     
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    Home made in Siberia.

    It's a long vid but it's fascinating. There are no roads to the village. Narration and sub-titles in English.

    He makes cross country skis, says they're better than store bought. The bottoms are lined with fur! He finds a tree with straight grain, cuts it down, and splits it with wooden wedges. After it's hand planed he boils the tip in water and then puts it in a home made wooden jig to bend the tip up.

    Two guys make a canoe out of a single log. They bore holes in the log and put blue dowls in them. When hollowing out the log they stop when they see the blue dowls.

    They make insect repellant by cooking birch bark.

    Lot of great things in this vid, bushcrafters will love it.

    [video=youtube;Rpq__m6gh_I]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpq__m6gh_I[/video]
     
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    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. There is some awesome axe/knife work in the film.

    It's called "Happy People" and Werner Herzog(the same director from the Grizzly Man documentary) is a co-director/narrator.

    It's also on Netflix, if it's easier for people to watch that way.
     
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    Absolutely loved everything about this movie. Watched the whole thing on Netflix awhile ago.
     
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    Yup. "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga". got the DVDs off Netflix and watched them. great stuff. way cool "Energizer dog" too... what was it? 90 miles that one day?
     
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    He was complaining that his dogs didn't live that long. And then he says he never allows the dog to sleep inside or ride on the snowmobile. ??? I'm sure there's some sound reasoning, though.

     
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    Ok, I'm going to stop complaining about this winter now. I didn't have to shovel my roof even once :3:
     
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    I think I have watched this movie at least 10 times. One of the best on Netflix. Amazing the stamina his dog has.
     
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    Absolutely riveting

    Probably one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Reminded me of Dick Pronneke. Keeping the dogs away from the traps? Its very simple. You set a trap for the dog and leave him in there a bit. He understands and will never touch a trap! This reasoning is whats missing from our bike helmet wearing, PETA loving culture.

    Wonder if Bear Grylls coulda hacked that. I know I couldnt.
     
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    Had this DVD for a little over a year now and have watched it no telling how many times, probably my favorite of a close second to Ray Mears sets I have :44:
     
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    He does not let his dog to sleep inside because dog secures him and also if dog is living outside, her body feels good outside. They will break their senses and biorhythm if will change temperature fast. My dog lives outside all the year round and feels badly because it seems hot if I have to take her into the house (my dog is old and is sometimes ill)
     
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    Good documentary. Really enjoyed watching. I'd have a rough time with those mosquitos but I liked how he made the tar.
     
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    That movie is SWEET!!!
     
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    Yep such a good one.

    Take care out there, HighOutdoors.
     
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    How about when he says "That dog is a pensioner. I will take care of him for.... " I forget exactly what he says, but it is great. The movie is great. An all time favorite among all movies. Love it.
     
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    Very entertaining & captivating documentary. No I pods, Xboxes, cell phones, internet, Seven Elevens, WAL Marts, just good ole fashion methods of surviving against harsh mother nature and thriving... good stuff! I know many of us couldn't hack those conditions and way of life unless we were born into it.

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    Forget when I watched this, but I liked it very much.
     
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    Fantastic documentary/film. I live vicariously through men who are truly free, and I am reminded that most of us are nowhere even close. This documentary speaks to me personally, and touches on many of the reasons I believe so many young people (men in particular, but also women) are dissatisfied with the chains of modern life. Too many thoughts to type on this subject, but I suggest you watch the documentary if you haven't already seen it.
     
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    I'm watching it again... this time, I took the time to watch some additional footage of Spring in West Siberia.... awesome footage. Wish I'd done it the first time!

    So a couple questions/points...

    Did anyone notice Ganady's (sp?) axe? Sharp sucker, and he always seems to hit what he's aiming at... but he tucks it into his belt w/out a sheath... interesting technique.

    For those who know how to fish with nets... how do they set the nets under the ice? do you run a rope under using a pole to pass it from hole to hole across the span, and then haul the net back and forth? or what?

    Anyone got a line drawing of that deadfall trap trigger? reminds me of one I've seen somewhere, but I forget what it's called.
     
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    Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Nicely done series about the life and the skills of trappers in the Siberian Taiga.
    Enjoy:

    [video=youtube;fbhPIK-oBvA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbhPIK-oBvA[/video]

    [video=youtube;dIdHG9zyrtE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIdHG9zyrtE[/video]

    [video=youtube;MnAF_amhups]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnAF_amhups[/video]

    [video=youtube;wjCs8qi3R0U]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjCs8qi3R0U[/video]
     
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    That one I missed. Thx for telling.

    Could any admin merge the threads,pls?

    Thx,

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    Just watched this last night. ::mindblown::

    Absolutely amazing. I can't imagine how much i could learn in a week from those people.

    Just stunning.
     
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    I think there are already like 2 or 3 threads on this in the Media Forum that have been merged - it's been out for a while.

    But yeah, it is a good documentary. The original in Russian is much better (and much longer) but the Herzog version is still very interesting, especially if you're into bushcraft. The village in question is downriver from me a ways, but I also live on the same river.
     
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    Has anyone else seen this documentary? It's a pretty good show about the people living in the Russian Taiga making a living with their bushcrafting skills. It's on Netflix and on Youtube they have it split up into, I think, 4 or 5 parts. Unfortunately their skills aren't really relevant in Arkansas haha but for you guys up north still (jealous...), you should check it out.

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    and here I was thinking it was something newer xD sorry guys. *facepalm*
     

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