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Golden Tent-Pegs: Settlement and Change among Nomads in Afghan Turkistan

ByRichard Tapper

Pastoral nomadism, the tending of livestock by communities living in portable tents or huts, is the traditional occupation of a variety of peoples in the drier parts of Asia and Africa. Typically, the nomads are scattered thinly over vast stretches of steppe and mountain so arid that they cannot be exploited by any form of agriculture unless as seasonal pasturage for livestock.