I missed posting this past weekend as I’ve been knee-deep in editing another novel’s manuscript. When I’m in editing- (and not research-) mode, I don’t tend to come across historical articles or topics of interest for this particular blog. However, I saw an article on a topic that has fascinated me since I first read about the Lykov family of Russia several years ago, and knew I had to share it! The Lykov family lived in the wilds of Siberia from 1936 to 1978 without a single contact from a human being outside of their family; that’s not hard to imagine when you realize that the vast forested area in which they lived, the Taiga, is 5 million square miles of nothing but wilderness, wildlife, and roughly a human population of 1,000… that’s 5,000 square miles per person. They were completely self-sufficient, had no idea that World War 2 had even occurred, and the younger children spoke an isolated language of their own. To read the fascinating history of the Lykov family, click on the image below.
A Time Capsule of History in One Family