Living Cultures

Morin Khuur: The Soul of the Mongolian Horseman

2009Ep752 mins

In the Mongolian steppes, a family of horse herders welcomes four city children for several months. They have come to learn the morin khuur, an ancestral fiddle – and the untamed nature of the plains are a great source of inspiration. Omba, a wise old musician, is one of the last teachers of the morin khuur. Ganzorig, Erdenbayar, Sovda and Tonga are among the few children lucky enough to receive Omba’s teaching. But first, they must train hard and fill themselves with the sounds of nature. They will spend several months with Omba, to learn about this magical instrument, which is said to have healing powers. Back in their hometown, the children will continue playing the horse head fiddle, assuring the continuation of a great oral custom.

Video Language: English