National Geographic : 1936 Jan
WITH THE NOMADS OF CENTRAL ASIA EVEN THE KALMUCK LAMA CATERED TO THE KIRGHIZ CHIEFTAIN'S WHIM When the chief insisted that the visit to the lama be "written in history," the party gathered on the porch of the host's ornately decorated house to have a photograph taken (see text, page 50). Sayjan Beg, legs crossed, sits in the center between the ranking priest on his right and the head lama on his left. The barefoot boy at the end is working up in the order. WEAVING REED MATS, WHICH MAKE COOL YURT WALLS FOR THE SUMMER Kirghiz women trim the stalks to the proper length and bind them together with woolen thread, such as the woman on the right is spinning. Sometimes the reeds are fastened with red and blue threads which, interwoven, form variegated, geometric designs (see pages 17 and 18).