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        Mongolia's Nomads by Taylor Weidman | Photo Essay | Global Oneness Project

        Social changes can be affected by a variety of influences, including exposure to other cultures, available resources, and environmental conditions. Some changes may impact the sustainability of a society and the environment on which it depends.

        Students view a photo essay, "Mongolia’s Nomads," by Taylor Weidman, which highlights Mongolian pastoral herders, one of the world’s last remaining nomadic cultures.

        In this lesson, students explore the concept of cultural sustainability and the nomadic way of life of present-day Mongolian pastoral herders. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

         

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        Mongolia's Nomads | Global Oneness Project

        Sudents will explore the concept of cultural sustainability through viewing a photo essay, “Mongolia’s Nomads,” by Taylor Weidman, which explores the nomadic way of life of present-day Mongolian pastoral herders.

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        Mongolian Herder Gathers Sheep | Global Oneness Project

        A herder gathers his sheep and goats in the middle of an early spring snowstorm.

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        A Herder Takes a Break | Global Oneness Project

        Myagmarchuluun, a herder in northern Mongolia, takes a break near his friend's ger (yurt).

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        Moving Day | Global Oneness Project

        Neighbors help take down a ger (yurt) on moving day. The family will move from their winter camp near a rock wall to their spring camp close to a river. The structure of the ger is so perfectly suited for nomadic life that its design hasn't been altered in 1,000 years.

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        Cigarettes Replace Jade Pipes | Global Oneness Project

        Although young men used to be given jade pipes by their fathers, most herders now smoke cigarettes.

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        A Ger (Yurt) in a Dusty Gobi Landscape | Global Oneness Project

        A ger (yurt) in the parched and dusty Gobi landscape near the Tavan Tolgoi coal mine. Many of the animals in the area have become sick due to the dust that has kicked up from constant truck traffic shipping coal from the mine to China.

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        Suutei Tsai (Salty Milk Tea) | Global Oneness Project

        Erdenemunkh, a herder, chats over a plate of decorated curds and a thermos of suutei tsai, or salty milk tea.

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        Pressing Curd | Global Oneness Project

        Most herding families depend almost entirely on the meat and dairy from their animals for sustenance. Here, large stones are being used to press excess liquid out of curd.

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        Mongolia is Sheep-Herding Country | Global Oneness Project

        Mongolia has traditionally been known as a sheep-herding country. Even today the average herder owns more sheep than any other animal to supply the national demand for mutton. Mongolia ranks third in the world for the number of sheep per capita.

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        A Variety of Horse Breeds | Global Oneness Project

        Mongols take great pride in their various breeds of horses; this racehorse has brilliant blue eyes.

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        Young Herder Trims the Horse Mane | Global Oneness Project

        A young herder trims the manes from a herd of horses. The horsehair is commonly used to make rope.

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        Animals are Milked at Dusk | Global Oneness Project

        Animals are milked at dusk in northern Mongolia. The milk will be used to make butter and yogurt.

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        Herding Animals by Motorbike | Global Oneness Project

        A young nomad herds his animals by motorcycle after an early spring snowstorm.

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        Bringing Baby Goats in From the Cold | Global Oneness Project

        A young herder carries baby goats to a small, heated ger (yurt) during a snowstorm to keep them warm and healthy.

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        A Man Milks Tethered Goats | Global Oneness Project

        A man milks his tethered goats in the Gobi Desert.

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        Feeding a Baby Lamb | Global Oneness Project

        A Mongolian woman feeds milk to a lamb from an old soy sauce bottle.

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        Abandoned Soviet-Era Building | Global Oneness Project

        A monk walks past an abandoned Soviet Era building on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar.

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        Monks at Buddhist Ceremony | Global Oneness Project

        Monks, young and old, chant prayers during a Buddhist ceremony at Dambadarjaalin Monastery in Ulaanbaatar.

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        Celebrating the Birth of the Buddha | Global Oneness Project

        Residents of Ulaanbaatar set paper lanterns afloat at an event celebrating the birth of Buddha.

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        Belts as a Symbol of Manhood | Global Oneness Project

        A herder holding his gun and wearing his finest leather-and-silver belt stands for a portrait near his ger (yurt) in the Gobi. Historian and anthropologist Jack Weatherford says traditionally only men wore sashes or belts over their deel (robes) and this was a symbol of manhood.

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        Gathering Before a Nadaam Horse Race | Global Oneness Project

        A group of jockeys, trainers, and horse breeders gather before a Naadam horse race.

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        Hand-Made Mongolian Saddle | Global Oneness Project

        Nomads often make their own saddles by hand. Mongolian saddles are made of wood and are usually inlaid with silver.

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        A Herder Leads His Horse to a Watering Hole | Global Oneness Project

        A herder leads his horse home from a watering hole in a Gobi Desert oasis.

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        Camels are Highly Valued | Global Oneness Project

        Camels are highly valued for all they offer in transportation, meat, milk, and wool.

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        Portrait of a Herding Family | Global Oneness Project

        A herding family, dressed in their finest feel (robes), pose for a portrait in front of their family alter.

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        The Naadam Holiday Spirit | Global Oneness Project

        Naadam brings out the holiday spirit and competitiveness in everyone, both young and old. This young man shows off his horsemanship in front of his friends.

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        A Herder Proudly Wears a Medal | Global Oneness Project

        A herder proudly wears a hat adorned with a medal he won when his stallion came in first place at a province-wide horse race. Horses play a prominent part in Mongolian history and culture.

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        Tsam Ritual in Ulaanbaatar | Global Oneness Project

        Monks in Ulaanbaatar take part in a traditional Tsam ritual. Tsam rituals consist of a series of masked dances and are often accompanied by narrated content. In Mongolia, like most other religious rituals, Tsam was banned during Soviet times. Now, this small monastery and a mask maker named Ganna are working to bring the practice back.

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        Rare Deer Stones | Global Oneness Project

        Deer stones, engraved with images of reindeer, are thought to date back to the Bronze Age. Of the roughly 700 stones that exist in the world, 500 are in Mongolia.

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