Mongolian Nomadic Family. Photo by Kptice
Altaic Nomads

Altaic speaking peoples are well known to be nomadic. In fact historically most Altaic peoples where nomadic moving place to place over the vast steppes of Central Asia and taigas of Siberia. Ancient Altaic culture was greatly rooted in nomadic traditions. Japanese and Koreans are the only branches who do not have a strong nomadic history. This is due to settling down thus becoming secondary. Nomadic culture is very rich among the Mongolic and Turkic peoples and it also can be seen among the Tungusic peoples of Manchuria and Siberia. Some are semi-nomadic meaning they are settled at one part of the year and nomadic other times.

Table of contents

1. Turkic nomads
2. Mongolic nomads
3. Tungusic nomads

Turkic Nomads

The Turkic nomadic lifestlye is much like the Mongolic one. Most Turkic nomads share the same housing the yurt (ger in Mongolian). Today, Turkic nomadic lifestlye can be seen strong among the following peoples:

Nomadic lifestlye today can also be found among the Altays, the semi-nomadic Yakut Sakha people, the Karakalpaks, the Turkmens, Turkish people and the Uzbeks. Today many of these people have settled down in modern homes.

Mongolic Nomads

Nomadic culture is very strong in Mongolia. Many Mongolians are still nomadic. A lot of Mongolians live or own a traditional gers (Yurts). Some Mongolian families live in both a modern house and a ger. This is common when a nomadic children reach school age. Sometimes a family lives in a modern home and sends their children to school. Then on week ends and/or school breaks they return to living in the ger. Many nomadic Mongolians own sheep, goats, horses, cattle, and camels. They move from place to place to find grazing fields for their animals.

Tungusic Nomads

Tungusic nomads live in conical tents which are much simpler than yurts and gers. Nomadic tradition can be largely seen among the reindeer herding Evenki people in Siberia and China.