National Geographic : 1936 Jan
WITH THE NOMADS OF CENTRAL ASIA WHEN THE CHIEF STRUCK THIS POSE FOR HIS PICTURE, HE DREW LAUGHTER Beyond him is the tether line for the foals, about which gather the mothers to be milked. The mares begin "coming in fresh" late in the spring, and from then until fall the nomads live on little else but the milk. WHERE WOOD IS SCARCE, THE "YURTWIFE" GATHERS CATTLE DUNG TO FEED THE FIRE One woman, when asked whether she preferred to keep a fire with wood or dung, replied: "What is the difference? If it is dung, we must gather it; if it is wood, we must chop it" (see text, page 38). Both give ample heat to boil their tea and cook their meat.