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Changing Lifestyle in Bayanbulag

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Bulag, Uradyn E. 


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 completely changed the rest of her life. From being a noble family to losing everything, she survived and settled in Hejing eventually. In 2000, she opened her own Torghut traditional store in Hejing county where she has been making traditional cultural objects ever since. In this video, she shows and explains Torghut tent, jolom (small yurt), and animal models which she loves.While constructing her miniature jolom, she explains that it is a convenient and temporary one as it only requires assembling roof and roof polar (uni, harach) and felt covers. Dressed in sheepskin clothes, she says that wearing camel skin shoes (charag) and herding domestic animals in the Tenger mountains are the real life for the Torghuts. She used to have an exquisite silver saddle which was gifted from her parents. However, it was confiscated during the Culture Revolution and she never saw it again. With these cherished memories about her herding lifestyle, she is able to make miniatures animal models such as horses with elegant saddles, camels loaded with yurt, and models of yurt and jolom.



Bayanbulag, herder, changing lifestyle, jolom, horses, yurt, charag

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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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