Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990511
Name: Dashdulam
Parent's name: Rendoo
Ovog: Shargaljuut
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1932
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: elementary
Notes on education:
Work: retired
Belief: none
Born in: Bayanhongor sum, Bayanhongor aimag
Lives in: Bayanhongor sum (or part of UB), Bayanhongor aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder

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Summary of Interview 091211A with Dashdulam

Dashdulam was born in 1932 to the north of Tariat mountain in Bayanhongor aimag. Her father was a herder, hunter, and a skilled smith and her mother was good at needlework, and had a good eye for cattle. [That is, she was more adept at recognising individual animals than most people.] Having completed the fourth grade Dashdulam was taken out of school to tend the cattle because she was an only child. At that time, as a leader of the district's Youth [the Revolutionary Youth League], she did a lot of volunteer work for the state, such as sending camels to be used in caravan, delivering animal products, driving the horses to pasture, and telling the news to people scattered around the district. Later, she studied nursing and worked as a nurse for 27 years.

Some of the people didn't like the collectivization movement. There was a lot of pressure, and looking after the livestock was like a kind of punishment. The five-year plan was very tough. The wool was collected by the different types, such as wool, hair from the manes and tails, short wool and so on. There were different taxes, like the livestock tax which was paid in money, income tax, the oil taken by official regulations. During the war the livestock were taken by their live weight, including riding horses, castrated camels and male goats and they were shipped in wagons to the Russian border. During the war time there goods were scarce and the flour was given in a small quantity. After the war Russia supported us in great deal. Russia did a lot of work towards making people and the livestock healthy and it achieved great results.

When I was small, at the Shargaljuut mineral spring, you used to be able to hear the music of the world before sunrise. When we visited that place later, there was no such music. The main river has decreased a lot.