National Geographic : 1950 Nov
© National Geographic Society 684 Kodachrome by Franc Shor Kirghiz Maids Milk Shaggy Yaks. Snow-clad Peaks Overhang the Herd's 15,000-footPastures on the Pamir Plateau The bisonlike yak, as mount, milker, and wool- and hide-bearer, serves Central Asia's highlanders as the reindeerserves Scandinavia's Lapps. Its hair makes tough ropes; its tail becomes Hindustan's fly switch; its milk is scant but creamy. Here at Rahman Qul's camp near BozaiGumbaz, calves aretied toapicket line. Unmilked cows grunt rather than moo their impatience. Grazing bull (left), sheep (center), and horseman (right) dot the vastplain.