Mongolia is a magical country of spectacular landscapes, vast steppes, rugged mountains, clear lakes, abundant wildlife, herds of livestock, and one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition. Tribes of Mongolia is a deeper adventure with significant time devoted to understanding and photographing the fascinating minority groups and nomads of western Mongolia, particularly the Kazakh Eagle Hunters, Uriankhai and Tsaatan with a culture that has changed little since the Ice Age
Kazakhs Tribe Mongolian Kazakhs are traditionally semi-nomadic pastoralists, herding sheep, goats, yaks, camels and horses. Kazakhs have a rich culture, close extended families, and many traditions that are still practiced today that are centuries old. The Kazakhs are the second largest ethnic group in Mongolia. Most live in Bayan-Olgii Aimag. The aimag or province was created in 1939 as a semi-autonomous homeland for Kazakhs living in Mongolia. Today, Bayan-Olgii has a distinctly Kazakh culture. Kazakh is the language of everyday communication, with Mongolian used for inter-ethnic interactions and official communication. The Kazakhs were themselves descendents of Mongols and other nomadic tribes of Central Asia. The Kazakhs quickly developed a distinct identity and a powerful state for several hundred years until the Russian Empire began absorbed the Kazakhs in the mid 18th century.
Uriankhai Nomad Uriankhai is a Mongolian term applied to several neighboring “forest” ethnic groups. Uriankhai have historically been cattle-herding nomads, tending to their herds of goats, sheep, camels, reindeer, cattle and yaks for the past thousands of years. They have traditionally lived in yurts covered by felt or chums covered with birch bark or hide that they relocate seasonally as they move to newer pastures