Steppe Stories

​The Khövsgöl Yak Festival

Apr 1st 2019

​The Khövsgöl Yak Festival
The Khövsgöl Yak Festival is the epitome of a Mongolian congregation. The festival began in 2015 to promote local tourism and help herders increase the quality of their products and learn about pasture management. Herders and craftspeople from all over the province and country come together in order to celebrate individual achievements and culture within the community. Lining the grass fields are mats decorated with hand-crafted bone knives, carved wooden bowls, and felted slippers. Tsend-Ayusn,
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Have Blankets, Will Travel - Hangai Gets Featured in the Roaring Fork Lifestyle Magazine

Posted by Caitlin Causey on Mar 12th 2019

Have Blankets, Will Travel - Hangai Gets Featured in the Roaring Fork Lifestyle Magazine
HOW A GLOBETROTTING COUPLE BROUGHT SUSTAINABLE LUXURY MONGOLIAN TEXTILES TO THE US— AND DISCOVERED HOME IN THE ROARING FORK VALLEYNegative 40. Such was the sub-zero temperature when Betina Infante and her family arrived in Ulaanbaatar, the notoriously frigid capital city of Mongolia, during the dead of winter in 2007—straight from living in balmy Indonesia, no less.“I will never forget that,” she says, recalling her first days in the remote Asian nation with both humor and fondness. “It wasn’t e
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A Month to Celebrate our Wonderful Women

Posted by Sofia Moreira Infante on Mar 1st 2019

A Month to Celebrate our Wonderful Women
Tsetsege is a strong and independent herder who lives with her family in the rolling hills that flank Mt. Otgontenger in Mongolia’s central Khangai Mountains. As Tsetsege walks among her herd of yaks, goats, sheep, and horses, her wide face and high cheek bones catch the sun and she flashes a vibrant smile. She grew up in this expansive landscape, learning the habits of her animals and the ways of nomadic life. Tsetsege shoulders the demanding responsibility of tending her large herd of anima
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The Sustainable Future of the Mongolian Steppe

Posted by Sofia Infante on Feb 1st 2019

The Sustainable Future of the Mongolian Steppe
The Mongolian Steppe is a fragile ecosystem that relies on the animals and people that occupy it to keep it healthy. As herd sizes of goats, sheep, camels, and yaks increase, the steppe is beginning to be degraded by overgrazing and improper circulation of these animals. Goats and the demand for their cashmere have the largest negative impact on the steppe, whereas yaks degrade the environment far less. In order for Mongolia to grow economically, herders must understand how to sustainably maint
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The Home of a Mongolian Ger

Posted by Sofia Infante on Jan 9th 2019

The Home of a Mongolian Ger
For people all around the world, their home is a manifestation of who they are. Culture, interests, and family are woven into their dwelling, creating a unique place for them to provide and prosper. Homes are not just insulation and beams. They represent the needs and desires of those who live inside. An American home can represent our busy schedules and unique style. We decorate our house with abstract paintings and décor while leaving office space to tend to emails. For many other cultures th
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