NWC News Desk

Four Mongolians share their culture Tuesday, March 4, at Northwest College

Posted February 18, 2008

P O W E L L, W y o. - "An Evening in Mongolia" on Tuesday, March 4, presents an opportunity for a multi-sensory experience of the historic land-locked country nestled between Russia and China. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Room 70 of the Fagerberg Building at Northwest College.

Four Mongolians from Mongol Kahn Expeditions, all dressed in traditional style clothing, will perform traditional Mongolian music and throat singing to accompany their slide show and discussion. In addition they'll showcase a display of traditional hats, handmade felt rugs and embroidered rugs, posters and travel literature.

Their presentation focuses on the nomadic rural culture of their homeland, where horses are prized above all animals and everyone learns to ride at an early age in order to help with their family's herd of camels, cows, sheep, goats, reindeer or yaks.

Mongolia is home to a wide range of natural ecosystems and forms a transition zone where the flora and fauna of Siberia meet the very different species of the desert and arid steppes of Central Asia. This particular geography creates diverse landscapes as well as rare wild plant and animal species.

The lifestyles and traditions of the Mongolian people have developed so precisely to accommodate their nomadic lifestyle, that most have remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. The round felt tents most rural Mongolians live in, called Gers, are an example. The structure and design of these mobile buildings are so well-suited for the herding life, they haven't been improved upon in centuries.

"An Evening in Mongolia" is presented in Powell by the Northwest College Multicultural Events Series and Powell Valley Community Education.

Admission is free.