My father Nikolay worked for the fish-factory as a hunter. His winter hut Zalideevo was 100 kilometers away from Dikson. Degtyarev used to live near him in his Uboynaya. There used to be lots of winter huts, every 25 kilometers. In winter the hunters got Arctic foxes, caught them by using traps, then flayed, cleaned and delivered. In summer they were busy with fishing. They caught the Arctic cisco, broad whitefish, white-fish, loach, muksun – all the sorts of fish were delivered. Imagine, my father alone had 200 kilometers of hunting and fishery area! Cross-country vehicles... My dad didn't like technical equipments; dogs and nature were more familiar to him, he was the last person who stopped using the teams of dogs. He always used to have dogs. They didn't belong to any pedigrees, but were very strong with thick fur not to get cold. Such dogs are called Eskimo dogs, but those were much bigger then usual Eskimo dogs.
Before going to school I lived in the winter hut with my parents. My mum helped my father: she hunted and cleaned the Arctic foxes. The Arctic foxes were great on Dikson. They were not as those raised in captivity, with beautiful but thin fur, but natural with very rich fur and they were much warmer. In general, it was a standard of life in the North to wear natural fur. We used to wear special polar winter clothes made from natural sheepskin, or sheepskin coats or different fur coats, because it was cold. On our feet we wore valenki (felt boots – TN) or unty (high fur boots – TN). My dad could sew unty and fur coats for my mum from seals and kamas (a coarse-fur part of animal legs, often of deers – remark of Siberia: Joining the Dots)