Interviewee ID: 990120
Parent's name: Anonymous
Year of Birth: 1972
Occupations: manage private livestock
Education: incomplete secondary
Notes on education: graduated 8th grade
Born in: Böhmörön sum, Uvs aimag
Lives in: Mandal sum (or part of UB), Selenge aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 081224A with Anonymous by Khishigsüren
U. Zagiraa was born in 1972 in Böhmörön soum of Uvs aimag. She is the only daughter of a herder’s family that has three sons. When she was small, she was spoiled. Her father was a blacksmith and he had his daughter assist him in smith’s occasional work (grinding, polishing, straightening). She was far from the needle-and-thread work which girls were usually taught. In fact, she was raised like a tomboy perhaps because she lived with boys.
In 1980 she went to school just like all the other herders’ children and she lived in a dormitory. She recalled in detail her childhood and school years. The everyday life of the dormitory children, what kind of art and artistic work the children of that time were involved in, how they spent their free time, how the teachers of that time worked with the children, and about going hunting with her dad though she was a girl. The schoolchildren of that time were given summer assignments to bring squirrel’s skin, and in order to fulfill it they learned to hunt squirrels with a trap and a snare. She has also shared funny stories about what happened during her childhood.
It was the toughest and the hardest time in her life when her father passed away. She talked a little about the funeral rituals of that time. After having finished the eighth grade, she studied in the construction vocational school in Bayan-Ölgii and then she worked for some time.
She met her husband and they have four sons. She told about her life.
Summary of Interview 081224B with Anonymous by Khishigsüren
In the second part of her interview she has talked about moving from her homeland to Selenge aimag and settling there. Her older brother had the intent to be close to the market and send the children to school from a place that was less expensive. Therefore they chose the Tarni resort of Zuunharaa in Selenge aimag and came there from Hovd sum in Uvs aimag. Two, three ails that moved to the center joined their livestock together and they drove them1800 km. She travelled this distance together with her husband for 45 days. She talked about the hardships of driving livestock, the sorrow and happiness, the hot and cold weather they had been through, the funny reminisces happened on the way. When they first came to Tarni resort, the people were taken by their ways of riding a horse wearing deel, and putting the lasso on the saddle. They were very interested in it and it was the indication that the western aimag people have better preserved the customs. The people were greatly surprised and always asked questions why. And in the beginning it seemed strange to her. Thanks to coming to a central place today they do not seek meat for their meal and milk for tea (ie, things are less scarce). Her children now have the opportunity to study in the city and get educated.
U. Zagir still vividly remembers the film she had watched in her childhood. The title of the film is ‘Introduction to Undeclared War’. She still remembers this film because her acquaintance had played in it. She also told funny stories about what happened while she studied at the vocational school. She supported democracy when it first came out, but now the people have become lazy and they prefer ready made things, she said.