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Yurt Erection - Part 2

Kol-Ukuk , Kochkor - Kyrgyzstan

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The size of a yurt is quantified by the number of poles. This was a fairly small yurt of 48 poles. When the poles reach the lattice fence they are about eight inches or 20 centimeters apart, making it around 32 feet or 10 meters in circumference. At Song Kul, the main yurt had 75 poles and there are some yurts with 120 poles.

La yurt possedait 48 batons. C’est par le nombre de batons que les gens determinent la circonference de la yurt. Celle-ci faisait 10 metres de circonference. Nous avons visite une yurt avec 75 batons et il y en a qui ont jusqu’a 120 batons.

Once the structural components of the walls, ring and poles are up, the “wrapping” comes next and proceeds quickly. First a straw or reed mat is wrapped around the wall. Then a felt covering is placed over the walls. Next the door covering is put into place.

Une fois la structure en place, on commence a envelopper le tout avec de grandes et epaisses couvertures de feutre attachees les unes aux autres par des ceintures bien decorees.

Finally the roof is covered with two large pieces of felt. There is a third piece of felt that is used to cover the central ring. This is adjusted throughout the day, to let in sunshine, keep out the rain, let out smoke or keep in heat.

Le toit est chapeaute d’une fenetre qu’on recouvre de plastique transparent pour les jours de pluies. Cette fenetre est leur unique source de lumiere et est tres efficace. Lorsque la nuit tombe on tire sur une corde afin de couvrir cette fenetre d’une couverture afin de bien garder la chaleur.

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  Goat's Head Soup
  Shepherd's Life
  Hikes around Kol-Ukuk
  Yurt Erection - Part 1
  Yurt Erection - Part 2
  The Story of Kymys
  Vitaly Gergert
  In Memory of The Cold War
  Torugart Pass
  Kingdom Come
  Closing Thoughts

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