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Cornell University

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Fall 2022

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Mongolia: Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment


Mongolia is a country commonly known for its vast steppes and rich culture of nomadic pastoralism. Images of livestock grazing on the open steppe often come to mind when people think about the country. However, what about the lesser-known reindeer herders? The Tsaachin reindeer herders of Mongolia are an ethnic group in the northernmost region of the country that have been subject to common misconceptions stemming from perceptions created by people consuming exaggerated and false narratives. This study aims to discover if perceptions that outsiders have influence the reindeer herders of the West Taiga.


Asian History | Asian Studies | Human Ecology | Natural Resources and Conservation | Place and Environment | Race and Ethnicity


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