Herding Reindeer

Every season, the herders switch camps. At each camp, there are tent poles for their teepees. The season dictates how big the teepee will be: Extraordinarily wide for summer (to keep their distance from the stove), mid-sized for spring and autumn, and tightly compact for winter. Each camp is next to different areas for reindeers […]

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The Reindeer People

In the northern reaches of the Mongolian taiga, there live a group of nomadic herders, known in Mongolia as the Tsaatan, or “Reindeer People.” For a project I did with other Peace Corps volunteers, I was able to travel and live at their camp for a good 10 days. Reaching their spring and summer camps […]

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Khuvsgul Ice Festival

Lake Khuvsgul is the largest fresh water lake in Mongolia. When winter freezes it over, there is a small bay nestled by a crescent of land a few kilometers from shore where locals of the province set up a festival. Getting to the ice festival was quite a journey: 13-15 hours in a van with […]

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