Sunday, April 20, 2014

Disappearing World: Herders of Mongun-Taiga - The Tuvans of Mongolia : Synopsis


This fascinating documentary is one of a series on so called primitive peoples, whose ways of life are disappearing. These nomadic people of Mongun-Taiga-which means "sacred wilderness"- live in a remote and desolate region of Tuva, near the Siberian-Mongolian border. The Tuvanian region became a part of the Soviet Union at the end of World War II, and the film crew for this documentary was the first group of outsiders to visit the Tuvanians since the Carruthers expedition in 1910-1911. Since little vegetation grows in the region, the Tuvinians wander with their herds of sheep, goats, yaks, and horses. Practicing the ways of their ancestors, the Tuvinians live in yurts, moving their encampments as they follow the seasons. Various shamanic practices are still followed and captured on film here, including the traditional throat singing offered to the spirits of the rugged peaks, which dominate their landscape. The viewer is given a rare glimpse at a nation whose ways have been little affected by the modern world which surrounds it. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

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