National Geographic : 1936 Jan
)UNational Geographic Society Painting byAlexandre lacovleff WHEN WINTER COMES THE KIRGHIZ WILL DESERT THEIR VILLAGE ON THE "ROOF OF THE WORLD" AND MOVE INTO THE PLAINS The roving tribe lives mainly on sheep or yak milk, cheese, and mutton. Their hospitality knows no bounds. Whenever theExpedition leftone of their encampments, the local chief presented a sheep or two to the party, and it was not long until the travelers had collected asizable herd. Felt made of sheep or yak wool covers the wooden framework of the portable yurts, or huts, at the left (seeColor Plate XI). Two riders (right), one on a horse, the other on a yak, return from a scouting trip, while a woman in high cotton headdress milksayak. Over apass totheleft, anage-old trade route crosses into Afghanistan. The encampment is near the undefined boundary between Sinkiang and India.