Author Topic: For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact  (Read 3623 times)

alex808

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This is a great story about a family living off the land in the woods of Russia

Thought you all would enjoy

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html

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Re: For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 12:00:47 AM »
Thanks for sharing. Interesting story, reminds me of a family in Idaho I knew of that was not nearly as isolated but lived in a very remote place and relied heavily on what the land provided. Tragically, the mother passed due to complications during the birth of her 6th child (all in the cabin) and the one boy was killed by a falling tree. The last I heard of them, the father and his four daughters were still out there living off the land.

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Re: For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2013, 06:10:18 AM »
Fascinating story.

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Re: For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 06:56:45 PM »
Yes I really enjoyed it.

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Re: For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 07:17:45 PM »
Was it happy?  I'm not sure.  Seemed like a pretty sad/isolationist story to me.

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Re: For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 08:49:19 PM »
Not sure it was happy.  The interest for me came from the indomitability of and the inventiveness of the human spirit. Something about "wild and free" , living minimally, sustainably etc. OF course you could look at it quite differently....it could be a negative story of  cult like isolation, control by fear etc.  To me its an ambiguous story and thats OK.

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Re: For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2013, 10:42:45 PM »
So many aspects of harsh realities and dreamy notions of wilderness living that it's cognitive dissonance at it's finest. It makes for great reading, and dreaming, and sadness, and reaffirmation of human strength and resourcefulness. In the least, it's a thought and emotion provoking piece of journalism that rocked many of my values to their core.

Thanks for posting!