Yukaghir, Southern in Russia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Yukaghir live in Sakha and Chukotka, Russia.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yukaghir are a indigenous people group who, like the Nivkh, are known as the reindeer people. The main traditional activity is nomadic and semi-nomadic hunting of deer, moose, wild sheep, and sable, as well as fishing. Reindeer are bred mostly for transportation. Over the years with the decline of their traditional economic activities, the dismal environmental situation of their lands and the decrease in the population of the Yukaghir people, the Yukaghir people and their language are close to being obsolete.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yukaghir still practice shamanism, and animal worship, particularly the bear. They believe the spirits can act as protectors and as enemies of people.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Yukaghir's hearts to be hungry for Truth and to be searching for the One True Living God.
* Pray for messengers to go to the Yukaghir and to present the Gospel in their heart language and that they would present not only with words which can be understood, but with their very lives.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.
* Pray that God will preserve the Yukaghir people; not only their culture and language, but also their spiritual lives.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Yukaghir, Southern
People Name in Country Yukaghir, Southern
Population in Russia 1,600
World Population 1,800
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chuvan
Affinity Bloc Turkic Peoples
People Cluster Ural-Siberian
People Name General Yukaghir, Southern
Ethnic Code MSY48
People ID 15070
Country Russia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sakha and Kamchatka Peninsulas.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Yukaghir, Southern (1,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yukaghir, Southern 1,600
For Primary Language: Yukaghir, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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