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Mongolian Cultural Events: Camp Experience, Photos & Film

May 19, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mongolian Interactive Camp Experience!

Mongolian Snapshot: Meet the Photographer – Pratisha Budhiraja

Film Screening: ‘The Story of the Weeping Camel’ (Mongolia)

Sunday May 19

4-6 pm – Mongolian Interactive Camp Experience 

with The Khanate of the Golden Horde

Step back in time and walk into a camp of Mongolian invaders! The Khanate of the Golden Horde is a living history/ reenactment/ cultural arts group dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of the 1200s-1500s Mongolian Empire. Greywolf aka Ghengis Khan, the leader of the Khanate of the Golden Horde, spent five years in Mongolia studying the warrior spirit and arts of the Mongolian Empire. The group will set up camp in full Mongolian regalia. Enter a Mongolian tent, try on Mongolian costumes, take aim with the bow and arrow, get your picture taken with Genghis Khan!  Tickets for the activities will be a small fee.

5-6 pm – Meet the Photographer – Pratisha Budhiraja
mongoliaMongolian Snapshot is a photo essay at Still & Moving Center ofPratisha Budhiraja’s trek through Mongolia in the summer of 2012. Her photos of Mongolia are of a country that has been transitioning for generations. Moving from their roots as a tribal nation united under Gheghis Khan to their Russian communist era, Mongolians are fast forwarding to a capitalist future. They are ancient crashing with modern and one of the most vibrant and strong cultures she has ever experienced.  Meet Pratisha Budhiraja in person to hear the stories behind the pictures. Refreshments



6 pm  – Film Screening

“The Story of the Weeping Camel” 

Documentary film followed by Q&A with Greywolf aka Ghenjis Khan and Pratisha Budhiraja A nomadic family in Mongolia’s Gobi desert faces a problem when a white camel colt is born and the mother rejects it. The family worries that the colt will not survive. Finally, Dude (Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar), the older boy, is sent to a nearby town to find a musician who can perform a “Hoos” ceremony effort to get the mother camel to accept her colt. Little Ugna (Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar) begs to go along, and the two boys set off for miles across the desert to the village in an effort to save the baby camel.  The Story of the Weeping Camel is a blend of documentary footage and narrative. Filmmakers Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa cast a real nomad family of herders and shot many of the events in the film as they occurred. The Story of the Weeping Camel was selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art for inclusion in the 2004 edition of New Directors/New Films. Watch the trailer.


Pratisha Budhiraja was born in India, raised in New England and  has lived in Honolulu since 1999.  She earned degrees in biology and health research while devoting considerable academic study to design, drawing, and photography.  Following years of work in health sciences – Pratisha has found her way back to the arts.  Printmaking and traditional photography in particular strike a nice balance between art and science.   She collects materials and techniques from her travels and experiments with illustration, calligraphy, printmaking, and photo in her work.


Greywolf   Wolf, as he likes to be called, is an imposing figure – six foot two inches tall, and well over two hundred pounds of muscle. Standing in his chain mail armor, he looks every bit like a warrior in Genghis Khan’s army– nobody you’d want to tangle with on the battlefield.

His day job is as a bladesmith, specializing in weapons from 12th century Central Asia; Mongolia, to be exact. He developed an interest in the country and went to live in Mongolia for a total of five years, to learn more.  Greywolf’s son was born there and christened Temujin, the little-known first name of that famous Mongol ruler, Genghis Khan. The name means “iron warrior”—or blacksmith.

“My focus is blades, weaponry, swords, knives, any of that, and the armor,” he details. Wolf makes them – and he wanted to do something with them. So Wolf formed the Mongolian fight club 20 years ago, calling it The Khanate of the Golden Horde.  As aggressive as it looks, it’s an art, like any other. Wolf sums, “It’s poetry in motion. The movements are elegant and beautiful.”

“I try and bring the culture to life by representing a person from that culture,” he says. Wolf teaches archery, wrestling, horseback riding and other elements of that country’s military arts to cultural heritage re-enactors. “Everyone has a warrior spirit inside, and a lot of times that warrior spirit is not able to be tapped,” he says.





May 19, 2013
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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