Living with Herds Human-Animal Co-Existence in Mongolia

ISBN-10: 1107000904
ISBN-13: 9781107000902
Edition: 2011
Authors: Natasha Fijn
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Description: Natasha Fijn examines the process of animal domestication in an ethnographic account of herders and their herd animals in the mountains of Mongolia.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/11/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 302
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Natasha Fijn examines the process of animal domestication in an ethnographic account of herders and their herd animals in the mountains of Mongolia.

Natasha Fijn's research crosses often preconceived boundaries between human-nonhuman, nature-culture, domestic-wild, ethnography-ethology, and written ethnography-visual anthropology. She has a background in both wildlife and ethnographic filmmaking, including a postgraduate diploma in Natural History Film and Communication and she has worked on natural history documentaries that have been distributed worldwide. She completed a Master of Science in ethology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, focusing on animal cognition, predator-prey interactions and animal communication, and was subsequently employed by the University of Vienna to conduct field research investigating social learning in a mountain parrot, the kea. While conducting this research Natasha wrote three natural history books for children on native New Zealand birds: one on the kea and two on the pukeko. During this time she was involved with the filming of the BBC documentary on the kea, entitled 'Kea: The Smartest Parrot?' (2003). Natasha is passionate about communicating cross-species, cross-cultural ideas, not only in written form but also through other media, using film and photography as an integral part of demonstrating the results of her research. She completed her PhD thesis in 2008 within the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. The field research for the thesis, and footage for a film that formed an integral part of this research, was obtained over twelve months in 2005, while she lived with two herding families in the Khangai mountains of Mongolia. This book is a result of her year of living with Mongolian herders and their herd animals.

Lists of Plates, Figures, Maps, Tables, and Online Video Segments
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Crossing Boundaries
Prologue: Life in the Khangai Mountains
Introduction
Redefining Domestication
Inner Asian Nomads
A Mongolian Etho-Ethnography
The Social Herd
Social Spheres
The Social Landscape
The Social Animal
Names, Symbols, Colours, and Breeding
Breeding
Nomenclature
Multispecies Enculturation
Tameness and Control
Tameness
Control
Living with Herds
In the Land of the Horse
The Horse in Mongolia's Past
The Naadam
The Cycle of Life: Birth to Death, Spring to Winter
The Domestic and the Wild
The Sacred Animal
Conclusion: Co-Domestic Lives
Appendix
References
Index

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