Like a Lullaby: Song as Herding Tool in Rural Mongolia

@article{Hutchins2019LikeAL,
  title={Like a Lullaby: Song as Herding Tool in Rural Mongolia},
  author={Keith Hutchins},
  journal={Journal of Ethnobiology},
  year={2019}
}
  • K. Hutchins
  • Published 19 September 2019
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Ethnobiology
This paper examines the application of song as a herding tool. Based on participant-observation and twenty semi-structured interviews in pastoral encampments in the Gobi Desert over four months, I explore what the practice of singing to sheep can elucidate about interdependent human-animal relationships. The livestock birthing season in rural Mongolia in early spring is a crucial time for humans and animals alike. While pastoralists throughout the country have many different approaches for… 
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