National Geographic : 1929 Jun
Photograph by Eleanor Lattimore TRAILS CONVERGE IN OLD WINDY MOUTH PASS In the distance is a caravan of Kazaks on their spring migration, plowing across the snow in search ofgrazing grounds blown clear. Inthefore ground the heavy, two-wheeled carts of the author's party, each drawn y five ponies, are making slow progress through thedrifts. This crossroad of nomads and carters is in northern Sinkiang. THE TORGUT MONGOL'S PACK BEAST CARRIES ALL I1lS MASTER'S BELONGINGS On top of two of the loads in the picture are strapped baby camels. These people are descendants ofthe tribe which accomplished one ofthelast of the great historical migrations, marching, in the 17th century, 3,000 miles to the lower Volga, only to journey back, 70years later, toSinkiang atthe invitation of Emperor Kien Lung. The reason for the return was their failure to establish satisfactory relations inRussia.