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Mongolian Cultural Events: Camp Experience, Photos & Film
May 19, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mongolian Interactive Camp Experience!
Mongolian Snapshot: Meet the Photographer – Pratisha Budhiraja
Film Screening: ‘The Story of the Weeping Camel’ (Mongolia)
Sunday May 19
4-6 pm – Mongolian Interactive Camp Experience
Step back in time and walk into a camp of Mongolian invaders! The Khanate of the Golden Horde is a living history/ reenactment/ cultural arts group dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of the 1200s-1500s Mongolian Empire. Greywolf aka Ghengis Khan, the leader of the Khanate of the Golden Horde, spent five years in Mongolia studying the warrior spirit and arts of the Mongolian Empire. The group will set up camp in full Mongolian regalia. Enter a Mongolian tent, try on Mongolian costumes, take aim with the bow and arrow, get your picture taken with Genghis Khan! Tickets for the activities will be a small fee.
6 pm – Film Screening
“The Story of the Weeping Camel”
Pratisha Budhiraja was born in India, raised in New England and has lived in Honolulu since 1999. She earned degrees in biology and health research while devoting considerable academic study to design, drawing, and photography. Following years of work in health sciences – Pratisha has found her way back to the arts. Printmaking and traditional photography in particular strike a nice balance between art and science. She collects materials and techniques from her travels and experiments with illustration, calligraphy, printmaking, and photo in her work.
Greywolf Wolf, as he likes to be called, is an imposing figure – six foot two inches tall, and well over two hundred pounds of muscle. Standing in his chain mail armor, he looks every bit like a warrior in Genghis Khan’s army– nobody you’d want to tangle with on the battlefield.
“My focus is blades, weaponry, swords, knives, any of that, and the armor,” he details. Wolf makes them – and he wanted to do something with them. So Wolf formed the Mongolian fight club 20 years ago, calling it The Khanate of the Golden Horde. As aggressive as it looks, it’s an art, like any other. Wolf sums, “It’s poetry in motion. The movements are elegant and beautiful.”
“I try and bring the culture to life by representing a person from that culture,” he says. Wolf teaches archery, wrestling, horseback riding and other elements of that country’s military arts to cultural heritage re-enactors. “Everyone has a warrior spirit inside, and a lot of times that warrior spirit is not able to be tapped,” he says.