Photographer's Note

Nearly all herders live in white gers (felt-lined tents, yurt in Russian), a characteristic sight throughout Mongolia. Each family has their own ger.A ger is a herder's most important possession. When a couple gets married the family builds or buys them a new ger. This family has bought the lattice work, but they are making the felt covering themselves. Layers of felt are draped over the frame, and covered with white cotton. Several ropes hold everything together. In winter more layers of felt are added for warmth, while in summer the bottom of the covers may be turned up for extra ventilation. A simple stove heats the ger in winter. Just because they live in a ger, doesn't mean that herders don't have any modern conveniences. Some have a windmill generator, and even a satellite dish to beam TV directly into their ger in the middle of the Gobi desert!It takes no more than an hour to pack a ger and the belongings inside into a truck or onto a camel train. It usually takes one truck or six camels to move a family's ger and belongings.

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Additional Photos by Murat Duzyol (muratd) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 13 N: 163] (5073)
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