About this collection

The majority of the returnee Torghuts live in Xinjiang, numbering about 100,000 persons today. They are scattered in several territorial administrative units in Xinjiang including Bayangol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture, Bortala Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture, and Hovogsair Mongolian Autonomous County of Tacheng District. Bayangol is home to about 50,000 Torghuts who are descendants of the Southern-Route Old Torghut League under the personal command of Ubashi Khan. There are about 6,000 Torghuts in Bortala who belong to the former Western Route League, and Hovogsair has about 17,000 Torghuts belonging to the former Northern Route League. Compared with Hebei and Inner Mongolia, the Torgut culture in Xinjiang is better preserved. Here, you will be able to download videos about every-day life, cultural activities such as wedding, oboo worship, and the recently developed 'Jüünsh' (Return to the East) festival in some select Torghut communities in Xinjiang.

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  • Combing Cashmere 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-04-11)
    Batusurun, a herder in Yisen Tologai village (Nine-Head) village, is a descendant of one of the richest Torghuts in Hobogsair in the last century. As he says, his great grandfather’s flocks reached 10,000 heads once in the ...
  • Changing Lifestyle in Bayanbulag 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-01-15)
    Bataa lived with her parents in Bayanbulag until the age of 16. As she recalls, those were the best years when they herded their flocks and moved around different places every season. The Cultural Revolution, however, had ...
  • Catching horses with a lasso 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-08-12)
    This video is about the process of catching horses as demonstrated by Sükhe and his neighbours who use their handmade lassoes to catch a mare with its foal in their summer farm. As Sükhe says, he often gives his young son ...
  • Branding Camel calves 

    Bulag, Uradyn E.; Dorjraa (Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge, 2017-04-10)
    For herders, springtime is the most important and busiest season in a year. It is a lambing season, and a time when people need to brand new born animals and shear the hair of old ones. In this video, Pervei with his son ...

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