A bride's father supplies caviar from his fishing camp. He got enough caviar to feed 200 people at his daughter’s wedding.
The bride is one quarter indigenous—there is, however, an easy mix between indigenous and white Russians. This family decided to have a wedding although the bride is seven months pregnant. Common-law marriages are the norm among the indigenous people, so the entire town prepared for almost a year for this event. Most of the decorations were brought in by MI-8 helicopter.
Russia wanted to “tame” the salmon zones in Kamchatka, so some moved to the northern communities that were technically war zones with the United States. To do so, they had to have connections and get permits, then move to where they make eight times what they can in Moscow in government wages. When default happened and their state-subsidized salaries disappeared, all they were left with was the resource—salmon.
- RANDY OLSON
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- Kamchatka Salmon_ National Geographic Magazine 8/2009