Supporting Nomads: A Presentation on Dukha Reindeer Herders

Sas Carey of Nomadicare in Middlebury
Thursday, November 12, 2009
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.
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For fifteen years, Sas Carey has been making the trek to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and then to the remote areas of the countryside where nomadic herders live. In her multimedia presentation at the Bristol Library on Thursday, November 12 at 6:30, she will focus on her work of the past seven years with Dukha reindeer herders, who live in northern Mongolia at the edge of Siberia. These herders live in an area so remote, they can only be reached by a three-day car ride over dirt tracks, tree roots, and rivers and then an 8-hour horse ride. She will speak of health care, shamans, riding reindeer, children going to boarding school, and life in a tipi.

Fifty years ago, all Mongolians were nomads. In the Gobi Desert and steppe areas, nomads herd sheep, goats, camels, yaks, and horses. Nomads in the northern taiga—high altitude boggy forest area—herd reindeer. The nomadic lifestyle requires the herders to move 4-10 times a year so that their animals have adequate pastureland. Today the number of herders is dwindling and only 38% of the nearly 3 million Mongolians are still practicing the nomadic lifestyle.

Sas Carey’s project, called Nomadicare, supports the sustainability and cultural survival of the nomads, which may be an endangered way of life. She helps in the areas of health and education and documents their lives. Sas has worked as a Heath Education consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, studied traditional Mongolian medicine, set up laboratories in Gobi hospitals, and produced a movie, Gobi Women’s Song. Based in Middlebury, she has lived in the Vermont for 41 years. As a registered nurse with a Masters in Education, she has a healing practice and runs the Life Energy Healing School—a series of intensive training dedicated to harmonize Eastern and Western methods of health to promote deep healing.

For more information call 453-4147. The Lawrence Memorial Library is located at 40 North Street in Bristol Village.