This research considers the issue of the desire of native people to retain their own religious roots as a portal for their entry into modernity. The "ancestral" beliefs of a first nation minority constitute one of the elements by which it asserts an identity in relation to a dominating State. The proposed study examines a number of significant questions related to the socio-political context for the formation of a new religion. The Yakut case seems to be an example of the construction of a religion, likely to unify the idea of nationhood in a people who, until the 1990s, had neither the status of a sovereign state, nor the collective identity to form one. It is intended that this research contributes to the analysis of the ethnic context in which a religion is created, examining the obstacles it has to counter to obtain visibility, how it contributes to the formation of the national identity, and how a religion is used by the State for national, or nationalist purposes. In addition, use of "traditional culture" and religion create a niche in the landscape of international politics, which in turn raises the question of the political use of religion in the larger context of globalisation. I see my project as a Siberian continuity of Hannes Palang’s analysis of the interactions between landscape and cultural heritage.