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Native smille from a Sakha girl, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Northeast Siberia -The Sakha (Yakuts) are a (semi-) nomadic Turkic people indigenous to Sakha (Yakutia) in Northeast Siberia. In the 17th century ethnic Russians began to move into their territory and annexed it, imposed a fur tax, and managed to suppress several Sakha (Yakut) rebellions between 1634 and 1642. Russian brutality in collection of the pelt tax (yasak) sparked a rebellion among the Sakha and also Tungusic-speaking…

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