MDBP Cultural Solutions

  • We work with local community groups and cooperatives in order to chose herders to offer Bankhar.  Enhanced community involvement by herders helps usher in other community knowledge that a herder might not have or might not have implemented.

  • We work with community elders and often chose to place Bankhar with elder respected and awarded herders.  These elders then communicate with our other herders in the area.  Communication increased cultural information flow and the passing of traditions.

  • Providing a herder with the traditional tool of a Bankhar Dog means that they are able to manage their herd over a larger area and thereby reduce the intensity with which the grasslands are grazed.

  • Herders remember to work together once again with their dog companions.  This change results in a more attentive herder and a herder more present with sheep ultimately reducing predation as well.

  • With the help of the Bankhar, a herder is more easily able to move their livestock, resulting in less overgrazing of specific areas.

  • A return to traditional ways, as is the use of  Bankhar, leads to re-adoption of former traditions such as keeping five differing livestock of fewer numbers, greater frequency of pasture rotation, more numerous nomadic relocations, etc.

  • Pride in ownership of a true Bankhar helps herder feel more important to the community and him/herself.

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