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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Sas Carey

Exploring the Changing Nomadic Life: Earth, Spirit, and Medicine

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We are all descendants of nomads. Seventy years ago, the whole population of Mongolia was still considered nomadic. By the nineties, when Sas Carey first went to Mongolia, half of the people were nomads. Now, according to the World Bank, nomads make up only a quarter of the population. Among those is a small ethnic group of Dukha (Tuvan) people in northern Mongolia who are committed to living the life of their ancestors—herding reindeer. Central to their lives are the land, the animals, and their community.

Although Dukha families live in a Siberian tipis or urts, they welcome modern inventions that make their lives easier. For instance, they get power from solar panels, store it in batteries in their urts, and use it to watch television. And while they cut wood with a chainsaw, they pile the wood on their reindeer to take it from the forest. When they migrate each season from one camp to another to vary and improve the grazing pasture for the herd, they ride on reindeer and pack their goods, babies, and satellite dish on a reindeer for transportation.

The Dukha’s summer camp is an eight-hour ride by horse and reindeer from the closest county center and the winter area has temperatures that dip to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. The Dukha have a relationship with the land, plants, and shamans so that they and their animals stay healthy in this extreme environment. They know which plant will help heal their lungs, what tincture will prevent a ruptured appendix, and when to ask for help from shamans and their unseen world.

Along with slides, this lecture will include clips from two new documentaries. The first, CEREMONY, gives rare access to a shaman ceremony and the shamans’ explanations of what is happening. The second is a clip from MIGRATION, showing a Dukha family as they moved from the spring camp to the summer camp in June 2014. As we experience the changing life of modern day nomads, we get a taste of the long forgotten past of our own ancestors.

A nurse, energy healer, and educator turned writer and documentary filmmaker, Sas Carey’s work for the past two decades has flowed from Mongolian nomads’ changing needs. Starting with her life's mission to harmonize traditional and modern medicine, she began by researching traditional Mongolian medicine. Then, after working as a short term United Nations Development Programme health educator, she was inspired to interview nomadic women in the Gobi about their sustainable life. This became the movie, Gobi Women’s Song. Invited to research and teach the Dukhas about health, she collected a seven-year Dukha health database. Later her non-profit Nomadicare set up training for doctors from 38 rural clinics in Mongolia to study traditional Mongolian medicine and modern laboratory techniques. Today, she finds the focus of her work is to support the nomadic ways of the Dukhas and in return, they invite her to document, as Nomadicare’s mission says, their current “lifeways, lore, and songs”. She is also the author of Reindeer Herders in My Heart, published in both Mongolian and English.

Date: 03/30/2015

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

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Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

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