National Geographic : 1936 Jan
THIS PROSPECTIVE BRIDE'S BABY ILLIK "STEALS THE SHOW" Although not yet in her teens, the youngster, a descendant of one of the followers of Genghis Khan, the Mongol conqueror, wears a gala headdress intended to catch the eye of some rich yurt owner who can pay a good bridal price. Her people prize owl feathers as hat talismans. SHE'S WORTH 25HORSES AND 300 SHEEP TOALA BEG! Kirghiz heritage is revealed inherfeatures, while herpoise, grace, and intelligence may hark back totherace ofTatar women whom Marco Polo lauded. A rich suitor will pay sometimes asmuch as40horses and 1,000 sheep for a bride (see text, page 45).