What is it about?

In pastoral households, each species moves at its own speed and has its own environmental preferences. Pastoralists in mountainous southern Siberia rely on experimentation and other strategies to optimize their relations with multiple species in households that move back and forth between summer and winter pastures.

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Why is it important?

This ethnographic study reveals some of the strategies used by pastoralists to succeed in reconciling divergent human and animal rhythms from domestic to boreal and riverine domains.

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Writing this article was exciting, because it grew from a lively discourse with other scholars of Inner Asia on topics of speed, velocity, and multispecies at the Russia-Mongolia border.

Alex Oehler
University of Regina

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This page is a summary of: Pacing Transhumance, Inner Asia, April 2020, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/22105018-12340136.
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