can I learn from looking at a ger?
to the exhibition are three life-size gers (the Mongolian
word for yurt, the nomads' traditional home), which will feature
many of the 192 Mongolian costumes and artifacts on display. These
authentic gers and 35 rare archival photographs enable
visitors to reconstruct 20th-century nomadic life. Four films
made especially for the exhibition provide historic background
and help to illuminate Genghis Khan's (1162-1227) relationship
to contemporary Mongolians' democratic ideals. Dr. Sabloff's 1998-1999
research on the Mongolian people is also presented.
Mongolia" illustrates the impact of the different 20th-century
governments on nomads' and city dwellers' everyday life. The country
has experienced three types of government over the last century
including feudal, Communist, and democratic. The three gers
will chart this history by creating an authentic Mongolian home
for each of the political periods. The first ger takes
visitors inside a wealthy home in the beginning of the 20th-century
when Mongolia was under the rule of the Manchu Dynasty of China.
A half-ger displays both the changes and continuity of
life around the 1960s, during the height of communism. A final
ger is set in 2000, a decade after the Mongolian government
formally embraced democracy and free market economy.