style=”text-align: justify;”>Mongolia is finest recognized for indignant horsemen. However Hamid Sardar-Afkhami has chosen to doc the lives of the peaceable, reindeer herding Dukha individuals. Nomadic herders, they stay in Mongolian north, the place they herd, nicely, reindeer. The beasts present delicate and cheese, but in addition mounts for the hunt. If there’s irony in searching wild elk whereas astride a reindeer, it’s misplaced to each the hunters and their antlered steeds.
style=”text-align: justify;”>A Harvard Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Tibetan Research makes Hamid Sardar-Afkhami completely suited to review these peoples. And simply within the nick of time, too. Dukha numbers are dwindling, at the moment counting 44 households, or someplace between 200 and 400 individuals. The reindeer aren’t that quite a few, both, with about 600 remaining out of 2000 that have been estimated to be in 1970’s. In his work to protect the tradition of those individuals, Hamid has made a film referred to as ‘The Reindeer Individuals’, which, amongst different issues, depicts their magical connection to forests crammed with the spirits of their ancestors.
style=”text-align: justify;”>And I out of the blue realized that the Dukha persons are the prototype for the elves in Dragon Age.