Elmira: I figure we really need another page with the above topic. One thing we can do here is to connect the page to texts of animal tales or texts which in some way have a bearing on the importance of herds, particular animals (esp. horses), etc. I think we need something on the different emphases on different animals depending on which group of nomads one studies. Material in the little Barfield book provides plenty of material. Also, the classic "five (it is five?) animals, etc. Also, transport of goods, camps etc. And, of course changes in modern times--using trucks to drive up to the pastures in some areas, etc. Animals as sources of various necessities--wool; hence felt, woven cloth; skins, etc. Food can be a separate category as we originally planned.
So, I include here a variety of pictures for these various topics. Obviously we need to think of how best to organize the material--maybe you can come up with a scheme.
1. Horses and yurt.
2. Horses, Karasu Valley, Pamir Alai. (we may not need to use this).
3.Riding in Ashat Valley, Pamir Alai.
4. Horse with saddle bag. Ashat Valley, Pamir Alai. (Might want to say something about saddle bags--e.g., about your being given one when you came to U.S.)
5. Saddle. Ashat Valley, Pamir Alai.
6. Lassooing a horse, near Erdeni Tzu, Orkhon R. region,Mongolia.
7. Lassooing, the horse caught.
8. Bactrian camels in Gobi, Mongolia.
9. Camels in caravan, carrying Kyrgyz summer camp back to village of Subax, near L. Karakul, Eastern Pamirs, Xinjiang, China. Probably will want to add some other caravan pictures--perhaps some old one. Also, I have horse caravan pictures of my own.
9a. Ox carts in Mongolia. The construction of these seems not to have changed for centuries..
10. Sheep in Karasu Valley, Pamir Alai.
11. Shearing a sheep, Karasu Valley, Pamir Alai.
12. Spinning yarn, Kaying Valley, Eastern Pamir, Xinjiang.
13. Stuffing a quilt, Kaying Valley, Eastern Pamit, Xinjiang.
14. Goat herd in Gobi, Mongolia.
15. Herd of sheep and goats, near L. Karakul, Eastern Pamir, Xinjiang.
I may add a picure or two of goats in Ladakh, since pashmina (the fine wool) is a very important trade product which comes from that region.
16. Yaks grazing below one of great granite walls of Aksu Valley, Pamir-Alai.
17. Yaks in Aksu Valley, Pamir-Alai.
18. Riding a yak near [ ] Pass, Eastern Pamir, Xinjiang.
I imagine we need a donkey picture or two, but I will have to think what I have which would be suitable. It would be nice to have some pictures of felt making, but what I have is copyrighted, I think.