Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family
By Norma and Dorothy Kehmeier
Genre: Nonfiction, photographic essay
Publisher: Saltwind Press (2014)
Language: English; captions also in Mongolian; additional text in Russian
This stunning book documents a way of life that is under tremendous pressure to change, blending ancient practices surviving since the time of Genghis Khan with elements of the modern world. Carter's experience living with a single family over the course of a year reveals the unique culture of Mongolian nomads and their capacity to thrive in one of the world's harshest environments. The family's willingness to share the ancient yearly cycle of their life on the steppe enables the author-photographer to create an unusually intimate portrait.
“I thought I already knew a good deal about [Mongolia], but this book taught me so much more. It gave the distant nation and little-known culture a face and heart. […] It was an effortless read; uplifting even when through tears. If your library has no other book on Mongolia, this should be this one.” (Randall K. Barry, acquisitions librarian for Mongolian materials, Library of Congress, Washington, DC)
"This beautifully illustrated and well-researched story is a tribute to the life of a typical Mongolian herding family. We are given a glimpse into just how close many people live to the edge of survival. Their environment is becoming harsher with the impacts of climate change—raising the question of much longer they can remain nomadic herders. This book is timely and important. " (Clyde E. Goulden, Ph.D. Director, Institute for Mongolian Biodiversity and Ecological Studies, Academy of Natural Sciences)