Kiliii Yüyan is an indigenous Nanai photographer whose award-winning documentary work has been published by National Geographic China, The Nature Conservancy and Der Spiegel, and exhibited around the world. On assignment, he has fled collapsing sea ice, weathered botulism from fermented whale blood and found kinship at the edges of the world. He is based in Seattle.
Kiliii works to understand and promote the lessons of indigenous and subsistence cultures — those who live close to the land. Against a backdrop of ecological upheaval, Kiliii has found hope. He carries that hope through his photography, showing us the essential connection to nature that has kept traditional cultures alive for millennia. His work offers an alternative vision of humanity’s greatest treasures — community, culture and the earth.