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Mongolians, even to this day, are largely semi-nomadic, meaning that they live in tents (yurts, or "ger" in Mongolian) that they move two or three times a year. Most families and groups had settled in for the summer by the time we got there, but for some reason this family had decided to shift locations, and was just setting up their ger when we passed by. Two hours later and we would have missed it, since that is about how long it takes to raise a ger from start to finish.

The first thing they did was to set out all their furnishings, beds, cabinets, etc., in a circle, and then put the frame around it all. In this photo, you can see the frame, made of willow, almost completely in place, both the lattice and the roof frame. Then they will cover it with the felt cloths that are lying on the ground.

Although you really can't see it in the photo, the woman second from the right is dressed in very sophisticated city clothing. We didn't find out her story, but we assume she was a family daughter who had moved to Ulaan Baator (the capital and only major city) and was back home visiting and helping out.

As soon as the family saw that we had stopped on a ridge above them to watch this scene, they stopped work and called out for us to come down and meet down. By the time we got down the slope, the mother was already setting out food and drink. Mongolian hospitality is immediate and instinctive; it has high survival value in their brutal winters.

(This image was scanned from a 4x6 print of a color negative shot, and cleaned up as best I could. But even though the quality isn't perfect, I thought it would be of interest to the TE community.)

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