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The Daily Life Of Modern Kazakh Nomads

For some Kazakh shepherds, the summer months bring a change of scenery as they move their flocks from low-lying settlements to pastures high in the mountains. Reuters photographer Shamil Zhumatov takes a look at the daily lives of these modern nomads on the mountainous Assy plateau, some 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) above sea level.

Shepherd Panarbek Madiyar tends to sheep and goats inside an enclosure on the Assy plateau, some 90 kilometers east of Almaty.
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Shepherd Panarbek Madiyar tends to sheep and goats inside an enclosure on the Assy plateau, some 90 kilometers east of Almaty.

A farmer's yurt is seen in front of a Soviet-era observatory.
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A farmer's yurt is seen in front of a Soviet-era observatory.

 Nurtleu, who is 1 1/2 years old, pushes his stroller in front of his family's yurts.
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 Nurtleu, who is 1 1/2 years old, pushes his stroller in front of his family's yurts.

Dzhamilya Boribayeva milks a horse.
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Dzhamilya Boribayeva milks a horse.

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Zhambytai Zhumaliyava and her granddaughter Ayazhan prepare traditional cheese curd balls, which are left out to dry.
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Zhambytai Zhumaliyava and her granddaughter Ayazhan prepare traditional cheese curd balls, which are left out to dry.

A family shares breakfast inside their yurt.
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A family shares breakfast inside their yurt.

Turgynbay Erkinbekov, 70, talks to his grandson Nurtleu.
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Turgynbay Erkinbekov, 70, talks to his grandson Nurtleu.

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 A newborn goat stands inside an enclosure.
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 A newborn goat stands inside an enclosure.

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