Mongolian Reindeer Herders: A Vanishing Breed

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Sanjim’s grandson, 12-year-old Mukhertinn is already an expert rider and herder.

Carving a life out of the rugged Mongolian landscape was never easy. Now rich elements of a nomadic culture are in danger of disappearing. As part of the “Worlds of Difference” series on cultural change aired on NPR, Lorne Matalon visited with the Tsachin — nomads who herd reindeer. He learned that Mongolia’s domesticated reindeer population has fallen to fewer than 700 animals, maintained by 44 families who are trying to hold on to a centuries-old way of life.

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