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duhalar reindeer herders

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anthrocology: Duhalar reindeer herders by Hamid Sardar-Afkhami The Duhalar reindeer people live in Hovsgol — the land of the blue lake — a territory of about 65,000 sq. km in Northwestern Mongolia bordering the tiny Russian Republic of Tuva. The Duhalar are the guardians of this hidden realm, patrolling a maze of evergreen forests and […]

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the exotic made familiar

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These little guys were everywhere in Mongolia. Mostly they came out at dawn and dusk and fled at sight of people, in a strange bounding, dashing gait. I remember being woken one morning by a stream of angry chittering: we'd staked our tent so that the stay-rope interfered with his favourite exit. We nicknamed them […]

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tarbosaurus forgives all

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Today I am feeling somewhat whimsical, and somewhat nostalgic, so I think that means it's time for more Mongolia pictures. To perfectly encapsulate my mood, perhaps it's best I give you pictures taken inside the Natural History Museum. I visited this museum because I wanted to see a Tarbosaurus Bataar skeleton, and say what you […]

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because certainty is a false prize

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Last weekend I took a leap of faith. It's been eating at me all week long, and I've only just realised that the reason I'm edgy, and angry, and wanting to lash out, is because I've been feeling vulnerable and stupid. There was something I was waiting to do — waiting for the right time, […]

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not since the holocene

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I may or may not have contracted some form of con lurgy despite barely managing an attendance. (Turns out a con in your home town? Surprisingly inconvenient. The dayjob expects you to earn your keep, instead of swanning around pretending you're a real grown-up writer.)1 So instead of actual, you know, content, on the producing […]

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details count

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I snapped this at the top of Chuluut Canyon. I'd expected to spend the walk peering after fossils and petroglyphs, which I'd heard could be seen in these parts. Instead I received a detailed lesson (complete with quiz) in distinguishing which animal had produced each of the various type of faeces we passed. (I was […]