Image of a postcard issued in Russian Empire
, early 20th
century. Its original texts says "Un chaman (sorcier) d'Alatai", it can be rendered as "A shaman (sorcerer) of Altai" in English. It can be seen also in museum of Tomsk
. The ethnographer Hoppál identifies the shaman woman to be of Altai Kizhi or Khakas
origin, admitting that it cannot be decided exactly from the image alone, which of the two.
The ethnographic photo itself, after which the postcards were issued, had been taken by ethnographer S. I. Borisov in 1908.