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"Participants in spring ysakh festivals drank offerings of kumiss, a sacred brew of fermented mare’s milk, from special vessels called choron. Jochelson believed the ritual was dying out, but in modern times ysakh has played a key role in Sakha cultural revival. The ceremony pictured here was held early to accommodate Jochelson's travel schedule." (In Kendall, Laurel, ed. 1997. Drawing Shadows to Stone: The Photography of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition , 1897-1902. New York: American Museum of Natural History .