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Adventure in Mongolia

Jun 18 - Jul 3, 2014 (Call to Inquire)
Aug 27 - Sep 11, 2014
Experience the traditions and natural wonders of Mongolia
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Paula DePriest
Jun 18 - Jul 3, 2014
Dr. Paula T. DePriest is the Deputy Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute. Since 2002, Paula has conducted fieldwork in the Tsaatan reindeer herding regions of northern Mongolia, exploring the plants, landscapes, and worship structures that comprise their annual nomadic migration. Traveling with her team of Tsaatan guides, she has explored thousands of square kilometers of Sayan Mountain taiga and Darkhad Valley pastures on horseback. By examining and documenting the locations, forms, and artifacts of over 150 worship structures, her research looks for elements of ancestor worship, shamanism and Buddhism in the landscape-related worship traditions of the most interesting ethnic groups along Mongolia’s border regions. Paula is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s multi-disciplinary American-Mongolian Deer Stone Project, and a board member of the Mongolia Society and the American Center for Mongolian Studies. She works with Mongolian and international partners to protect archaeological, cultural heritage, and ecological resources across Mongolia.

William Fitzhugh
Aug 27 - Sep 11, 2014
William Fitzhugh is an anthropologist specializing in circumpolar archaeology, ethnology, and environmental studies. After completing his education at Dartmouth College and Harvard University (PhD in anthropology, 1970),Bill took a position at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. As director or the Arctic Studies Center and curator in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, he has spent more than 40 years studying and publishing on Arctic peoples and cultures in northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Scandinavia, and Mongolia. He has produced four international exhibitions, including “Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga,” and has been instrumental in the production of NOVA specials on Norse America and the Vikings. For the past ten years he has conducted research on the prehistoric cultures and rock art of Mongolia.