Evens

The Evens /əˈvɛn/ (эвэн; pl. эвэсэл, evesel, in Even and эвены, eveny in Russian; formerly called Lamuts) are a people in Siberia and the Russian Far East. They live in regions of the Magadan Oblast and Kamchatka Krai and northern parts of Sakha east of the Lena River. According to the 2002 census, there were 19,071 Evens in Russia. According to the 2010 census, there were 22,383 Evens in Russia. They speak their own language called Even, one of the Tungusic languages. The Evens are close to the Evenks by their origins and culture. Officially, they have been considered to be of Orthodox faith since the 19th century, though the Evens have retained some pre-Christian practices, such as shamanism. Traditional Even life is centred upon nomadic pastoralism of domesticated reindeer, supplemented with hunting, fishing and animal-trapping. There were 104 Evens in Ukraine, 19 of whom spoke Even. (Ukr. Cen. 2001)

Evens
эвэсэл · эвены
Group of Even (Lamut) women with national costumes. Okhotsk okrug. Beginning of the 20th century.
Total population
22,487[1][2]
Regions with significant populations
 Russia22,383[1]
 Ukraine104[2]
Languages
Russian, Even, Sakha
Religion
Shamanism, Russian Orthodoxy
Related ethnic groups
other Tungusic peoples
The settlement of the Evens in the Russian Federation for 2010 in % of the total number of this nation in the Russian Federation
Settlement of Evens in the Far Eastern Federal District by urban and rural settlements in%, 2010 census

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