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  • Sumo wrestler retires after assaulting younger wrestler

  • TOKYO — Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa has decided to retire after assaulting a younger wrestler during the ongoing regional tour in the latest blow to Japan’s national sport. Takanoiwa, 28, who last year was a victim of assault that led to the resignation of compatriot and grand champion Harumafuji, hit a lower-ranked wrestler at a...
  • The Beauty of Mongolian Throat Singing

  • One of the world’s oldest musical forms, throat singing is a stunning physical feat in which performers use precise movements of the mouth, larynx and jaw to create multiple notes simultaneously. For Mendbayar, throat singing is more than a technically impressive performance style; it’s a source of profound happiness and a way to share the beauty of his native Mongolia. When he’s not performing for audiences across Europe and Asia, he’s training the next generation at his International Throat Singing School in Ulaanbaatar. This Great Big Story was inspired by Genesis.
  • The Reindeer Herders of Mongolia

  • Accessible only by horseback, a remote village in Mongolia has stood as the epicenter of reindeer herding for thousands of years. The nomadic Dukha people have been passing down their herding heritage for generations. Today, they remain the last reindeer herders in the world. Due to harsh weather conditions, more and more herders are moving to the cities, leaving the Mongolian tradition on the brink of extinction. But for the families left in the area, it is an honor to keep alive the culture and practices of their ancestors before them. This Great Big Story was inspired by Genesis.
  • The Female Falconers Finding Their Wings

  • Falconry thrills Lauren McGough. She’s practiced the ancient tradition since she the age of 14 and is one of the very few American women to do so. Her love of falconry has taken her all the way to Mongolia, where she studied with Kazakh eagle hunters, and earned her a Fulbright fellowship and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. Now, she’s sharing her knowledge and passion with Jamaica Smith, a good friend and budding falconer eager to help rescued birds of prey. A huge thanks to our guest editor this week, Portland Trail Blazer CJ McCollum. Stay tuned this week for new stories handpicked by CJ celebrating mentors inspiring the next generation.
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