Tymlat is in the Russian Far East on the Tymlat River that flows into the Bering Sea. The village is in the Koryak Autonomous Area in the Karaginskiy Region of Kamchatka. Kamchatka’s climate ranges from temperate to subarctic. The village was established in the mid-19th century as a trading post.
Today its population is around 500, about 70% Koryak. The State Koryak folk ensemble of singers and dancers, “Mengo,” is a renowned cultural group. Some residents of Tymlat continue to use dogsleds in winter as a means of transportation. Traditional harvest includes salmon, navaga (a member of the cod family), herring, caviar, reindeer, and marine mammals.