«It seemed as though the language would vanish as well»
We are in the Okinsky District at the Western tip of Buryatia, Far East of Russia. To give you an idea, the geographic center of the vast continent of Eurasia is in nearby Tuva. These mountains used to be the border between Turkic and Mongolian lands, and since then Buryatia has been home to the Soyot, a small community who speak a Turkic type language.
Gradually assimilating into larger ethnic groups, the Soyot have become so scarce that today, their language is only taught and studied in one school worldwide, and this school is here, in the village of Sorok.