Russian Honeybees of the cold

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Issangugin Sentimir harvests a bortye on a honey fir tree surrounded by silver birches. The bortyes are supposed to deter bears. In the past, Bashkirs went bear hunting, bringing along their sons to initiate them in the practice. The bear was a source of food.