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The holy, secret island of Finno Ugrian nomandic Nenetsi (Samoyed) people. There were numerous (more than 400) wooden totem piles and few, the most holiest ones, made from nature stone. Vaygach island become known also in western world in English explorer William Borough, who visited the island in 1556, found a site covered wiyh more than 400 stone and wooden statues of men, women, and children. This unique sight was confirmed by a Dutch trader in 1594 and subsequently in 1824 by a Russian named Ivanov, although by this time the Russian Orthodox missionaries had converted the Nenetsi people at least nominally to Christianity. The wooden idols had been broken by them into pieces, suffering the same fate that befell the totem poles, masks, etc., of the Indian tribes on the west coast of British Columbia in Canada. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199