Yak Festival Bat Ulzii 2011

The Yak is clearly available in the Khangai region in Ovorkhangai, where it walks around in herds of about 20 to 50 animals. The Mongolian herders use them for their milk, their wool and transportation (some gers are transported by yaks!). Furthermore, the yaks can be used for several other things, as could be seen during the Yak Festival in Bat Ulzii. Below an impression about yak games and the festival:

A few hours before the festival, the yaks walked freely around in the fields

A few hours before the festival, the yaks walked freely around in the fields

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several herders come to the festival, bringing their yak herds with them

Several herders come to the festival, bringing their yak herds with them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the opening of the festival, the yak races start

After the opening of the festival, the yak races start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching a yak

Catching a yak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and after catching the yak, the riding on the yak starts (rodeo!)

and after catching the yak, the riding on the yak starts (rodeo!)

 

One response to this post.

  1. Hi Dorieke,

    I was wondering if you’d let me include you yak “rodeo” photo as an illustration in a cultural history of the yak that I am researching for the English publisher Reaktion Books (for their Animal series). I’d naturally include your name in the image credits.

    I would really appreciate your help with this project. You can contact me at: engelhardm@gmail.com

    Best,
    Michael Engelhard
    (in Fairbanks, Alaska)

    Reply

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