The Evenki approach a deer, pack it, and mount it always from the right. Traditionally, they jumped upon a deer resting their right hand on a long wooden staff. While riding, they held the staff in the right hand, prodding the deer with it, using it to keep in equilibrium or to throw snow off the branches in the wood. The women’s staff was much longer than the men’s one, and had an L-shaped metal pommel. It was an appurtenance of a girl given in marriage, and was inheritable.
Abstract by M.V. Fedorova