National Geographic : 1936 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE TOP-HEAVY KIRGHIZ MATRONS GOSSIP AS THEIR PONIES JOG ALONG Elderly women construct the white turbans by winding yards and yards of cloth around their heads. Though a family male accompanies this pair, they need no escort, for women may ride alone wherever they please, day or night (see Color Plate XV). A NOMAD HOSTESS POURS TEA FOR HER HUSBAND'S GUESTS Chunks of bread spread on the cloth mark this yurt owner as a plutocrat, for few Kirghiz can afford to buy wheat or have ambition enough to grow their own. It was the hostess (right) whom Foo Ben Yee complimented on her fertility (see text, page 37).