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Mongolia Festival at National Geographic D.C. PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 February 2006
A free Mongolian Cultural Festival will take place at National Geographic on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival will feature an ensemble performance by traditional Mongolian musicians, Tsam dancers, throat singers and a contortionist; a fashion show with traditional and contemporary fashions from Mongolia; and a documentary film on the Tsam dance.

The Mongolian Cultural Festival celebrates the opening of a new exhibit, “Mongolia: Traditions Reborn,” on display at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall from Feb. 10-May 14. The exhibit illustrates Mongolia’s cultural renaissance through antique and contemporary costumes, masks, figures and photographs related to recently revived Buddhist Tsam ceremonies. Ethnographic dolls offer a detailed look at traditional dress, and examples of calligraphy demonstrate the artistry of Mongolia’s distinctive script. Also included are photographer Gordon Wiltsie’s stunning images of the land and nomadic peoples of this vast country on the steppes of Asia.

Wiltsie, who has documented the semi-annual migration of nomadic herders in Mongolia, will also give an illustrated lecture, “In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan,” on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the National Geographic Live! series.

Feb. 11, 2006, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

National Geographic
Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Admission is to the festival and exhibit is FREE. For more information, the public should call (202) 857-7588 or visit nationalgeographic.com/museum.

Tickets to the Gordon Wiltsie lecture are available for purchase at (202) 857-7700 or nationalgeographic.com/nglive.
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Akira KAMIMURA, lecturer, faculty of Mongolian studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies launched an innovative website on old Mongolian manuscripts maps in cooperation with the state archive of Mongolia. It contains 16 precious maps which are stored at the state archive for academic use. The oldest map was estimated being made in 1803-1805.

A remarkable feature of this web site is that you can find manuscripts written on those maps by an advanced search function. All content of the maps has been indexed and easily accessible with the advanced search function.

For instance, if you type, "erdeni"(transcription of Mongol bichig as "erdene"), you get 24 search results and it says "erdeni" is written on 4 different maps. Then, it indicates where the search words are found on the specific places of the maps. Also, you can add search conditions among 20 items.

KAMIMURA hopes this web site helps progress on study of Mongolian history and many other related disciplines. Not only for the academic use, it is also beautiful and interesting to appreciate.


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