(also known as Tuva) is separated from civilization in Eastern Siberia and keeps up all its traditions. Shamanism is still practiced here and most residents still live in traditional dwellings, or yurts.
Some more modern houses are springing up, but the way of life continues to be rustic.
The area consists of forests, mountains, and steppe, with beautiful landscapes.
being so isolated and rustic, many foreigners have been attracted to the area, including American, Sean Quirk.
He came to study the local phenomenon of throat singing, and ended up staying, getting married and having children in the area.