The 2002 census puts the overall number of this ethnic group at 2.650 persons, while the 2010 census recorded 2.643 representatives of this group. Over 95% of Teleuts live in the Kemerovo region, mostly in the village and cities of the Belovsky, Gurievsk, and Novokuznetsk districts. Small groups of Teleuts some of whom still retain their ethnic identity live in the Zarinsk and Kytmanovo districts of the Altai territory, as well as the Altai Republic.

General information
Teleuts have preserved their ethnic self-awareness and endonym defining themselves mostly as Telenet (Telenetter in plural), Teleut (in Russian), and as the Payattar (“people of the Bachat,” from the Teleut name of the Bolshoy Bachat and Maly Bachat rivers, the left tributaries of the Inya river), Tadar-Kizhileri (“Tatar people”), or Tadarlar (“Tatars,” or Turks). Altaians and Shors call them Bayattar or Pachattar.
Surrounding society and the main economic society of the region of residence

The Kemerovo region and the Kuznetsk Basin are located in the southeast of Western Siberia. The area stretches for nearly 500 kilometers north-south, and for 300 kilometers east-west. It has an area of 95.700 square kilometers, which accounts for 0.6% of the entire land area of the Russian Federation.

Spiritual culture

Scholars have mostly looked into shamanism as the widespread type of religious worship among Teleuts. Even though it manifests significant similarities with shamanism practiced by other peoples of the Sayan-Altai area, it also had some unique features. 

Supplementary materials
Other materials describing the life, culture and history of the people
Interactive Atlas of the Indigenous Small-Numbered Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East