The Evens

The Evens do not belong to Kamchatka’s indigenous people. They have much a common origin and culture with the Evenkis (the Tungus people).
The arrival of Russians in Eastern Siberia in the 17th century led to assimilation of new territories up to Chukotka and Kamchatka by the Evens. In the 1840s, the latter traversed to Kamchatka in tribes. They hid in spurs of the Sredinny Range as they feared other inhabitants. In 1852, they appealed to Governor V. Zavoiko and offered a tribute in goods to make their position legal. Gradually, they lost connection with Siberia and were assimilated under the influence of other peoples.
The Evens, like many other tribes in Kamchatka, hunted and fished, raised reindeer, gathered berries, nuts, and roots. The Kamchatka Evens also raised horses. Before the Evens this had been done exclusively  by the Russians. In mountains reindeer breeding for riding and carrying packs prevailed, which was not typical for other local tribes. From the Koryaks they learned how to dogsled and fish with nets .
The Evens preserved the basis of their native language, some features of their religion and the main elements of common Tunguska culture. Men did blacksmithing, wood and bone carving, braiding of belts, leather lasso, and harness, while women cured hides and made reindeer chamois, sewed clothes, bedding, and pack bags, etc.

The total number of the Evens according to the 2010 population census amounted to 21,830 people. 1,872 lived in Kamchatka.