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An Ejnee Torghut Family



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Bulag, Uradyn E. 


This video features a herding Torghut family with a house at the Ejine banner centre. Batuzandan is a painter who paints Torghut patterns on furniture. His wife Tsetseg looks after their sheep and goats. Their son, who majored in painting at university, is planning to open his workshop in Ejine.Tsetseg sets out early in the morning by motorcycle to the countryside where she herds their goat and sheep flocks and comes back home after sunset. She says that they have fenced their land for many years, and they are suitable for herding in different seasons. Except for springtime, they mostly live in the banner centre and go back to the pasture once every two days in summer to provide water. She also talks about the government initiated development project called ‘ten complete covers’ (M. araviig bürheh; C. shige quan fugai) in the countryside, and is worried that their old shed will be pulled down soon. Due to the drop of market prices of meat and cashmere, the couple has been forced to rent out part of their land to some Han Chinese for cantaloupe cultivation over the last few years. Cantaloupe is used to feed animals in wintertime. Tsetseg complains that Han Chinese are too dirty as they litter loads of plastic bags every year which she has to clean up. If not for money, she says, they would certainly not rent out their land to the Han Chinese.



Ejine Torghuts, painter, Torghut patterns, ecological immigration, pasture, ‘Ten Complete Covers’

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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