Women Shepherds

17 more in collection Turkish Nomads , 10 more in collection Editor's Picks 8 May 2013 , 17 more in collection Yörük, Turkish Nomads

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Shepherds move their herd to graze on the mountainside while dodging Mercedes, Hondas, Fords, Chevrolets, Audis and other various foreign cars.

The Yörük, nomads of Anatolia and the Balkans, rely on animals as their livelihood. Due to the introduction of modern technology, education and government subsidies, some of the shepherds have become sedentary. For those that still migrate in the traditional way, they live in the lowlands during the winter and the mountains in the summer. For the modern families, they live in the villages or cities in the winter and have summer homes on the seaside. For the younger generations, there is struggle between keeping with tradition and evolving into modern life, which is threatening the culture of these historical nomads.

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