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An unusually intimate photo portrait of a modern nomadic people and the annual cycle of life on the steppes of Mongolia.
206 backers pledged $14,739 to help bring this project to life.

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SECOND STRETCH GOAL = $18,000. My original goal of $7,000 was the bare minimum for me to print a small run. My first stretch goal of $12,000 enabled me to add spot varnish to the photos to make them pop off the page, add flaps to the front and back covers and sew the binding.  My second stretch goal of $18,000 will allow me to prepare a traveling photo exhibit.  I'd like to print large image on aluminum so they can be shipped without worrying about glass breaking. It is a beautiful process, but expensive. 

Before the modern world obliterates the traditional nomadic herding way of life in Mongolia, it deserves to be honored and documented. I am asking for your help in publishing my book. Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family is a visual and written portrait of life in a nomadic Mongolian family. I use an intimate experience with a single nomadic family who welcomed me into their home over the course of four years, to reveal the unique culture of Mongolian nomads and their remarkable capacity to thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments. Filled with photographs and personal perspectives on daily life, this is the book I wish I had had the first time I visited Mongolia. The family’s willingness to share with me how they “move with the seasons” on the Mongolian steppe makes for an unusually detailed portrait of modern nomadic life. Much of the information found in my text and photographs comes directly from time spent with this family, and is not available in print elsewhere. 

    The ancient ways of living that have survived with few modifications since the time of Genghis Kahn in AD 1200 have been incorporating elements of the modern world for a number of decades. Some developments are welcome and readily embraced, while others are recognized as threatening to the environment, human health, and traditional cultures. The publication of Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family provides an opportunity to share the remarkable nomadic culture and people of Mongolia with the rest of the world. 

The author of the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Mongolia, Michael Kohn, wrote the following description for the back cover: "In an age when most travelers whiz about the globe at light speed, Liza Carter prefers a slower pace that has given her a rare and in depth look at the fast disappearing nomadic culture of Mongolia. Her timely book displays extraordinary passion and sensitivity for the people she meets and with a careful eye brings her reader into the cozy felt gers that the Mongols have called home for centuries. The news cycle in Mongolia tends to focus on the country’s mining boom, evolving business culture and political tumult in the capital but Liza Carter instead paints a portrait of a traditional nomad family as they struggle to survive the harsh landscape and unforgiving climate in a land once considered the greatest empire on Earth.” 

 My adventure now is to publish the book. The book will be 8 ½” x 11”, in glorious, four-color printing on heavy paper but with a soft cover. It will (almost) have the look of a coffee table book without being so expensive. A selection of images from Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family can be seen on my website: http://www.lizacarterart.com/mongolia/.

HOW TO PLEDGE: I've pledged for other Kickstarter projects, so I know it is easy to just click the button for your preferred pledge. Kickstarter will then take you through the rest of the process and Amazon.com will process your pledge. Your credit or debit card will only be charged if I raise the entire amount (or more) by May 1st.

Funding for Kickstarter projects is all-or-nothing. In order to make sure people get the rewards they pledged for, my project has to meet its entire funding goal by May 2nd. My goal of $7000 will allow for a small run of books. With a printed edition in hand, I can develop the markets for Moving with the Seasons.  The funds raised through this kickstarter campaign will be important seed money for the process of sharing the remarkable nomadic culture and people of Mongolia with the rest of the world

If you are willing to help, please consider making your pledge soon because success breeds success, and early commitments will help the project build momentum

Thanks so very much for your help in bringing my book to life! 

With gratitude,

 Liza 

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Postcard images  ( Will be printed without the watermark)

Small cousin wearing the traditional hat and jacket from the region.
Small cousin wearing the traditional hat and jacket from the region.
Bolroo holding the front end of a goat so her sister can milk the back end.
Bolroo holding the front end of a goat so her sister can milk the back end.
Tungaa at the back end of the goat.
Tungaa at the back end of the goat.
Tungaa with her grandmother and little brother, Batzorig.  His name means unmovable courage.
Tungaa with her grandmother and little brother, Batzorig. His name means unmovable courage.
Instructing the next generation
Instructing the next generation
A cousin watering his horses in the traditional del worn by both men and women.
A cousin watering his horses in the traditional del worn by both men and women.
Jump rope is played all over the world.
Jump rope is played all over the world.

Original Watercolors painted by a variety of Mongolian artists. The vertical script is the artist's signature. Your choice of paintings in the "order your pledge is received" :-).

7" x 11"
7" x 11"
2.5" x 5"
2.5" x 5"
7.5" x 10"
7.5" x 10"
7.5" x 11"
7.5" x 11"
9.5" x 7"
9.5" x 7"
4" x 6"
4" x 6"

Risks and challenges

Everything is completed and ready to go. I have finished the research, written the book, selected the photographs, and designed the book. I just need to raise the funds to pay for printing costs.

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A HUGE THANK YOU. Every little bit brings me closer to publication, and you are helping to this book happen! Please spread the word to all your friends via e-mail and Facebook.

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    A LOVELY MAGNET OF THE FRONT COVER IMAGE

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    I'LL MAIL YOU A POSTCARD FROM MONGOLIA (THEY HAVE GREAT STAMPS) ALONG WITH A SPECIAL THANK YOU MESSAGE. YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED AS A SPONSOR OF THE BOOK ON MY WEBSITE. You will also receive the magnet

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    FIVE POSTCARDS FEATURING IMAGES FROM MY BOOK - see examples at the end of the text (on the left). Additionally, your name will be listed as a book sponsor on my website and I'll send you the magnet.

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    At this level you receive the reward from the $25 level AND the $35 level. FIVE POSTCARDS FEATURING IMAGES FROM MY BOOK - see examples on the left. And I'LL MAIL YOU A POSTCARD FROM MONGOLIA (THEY HAVE GREAT STAMPS) ALONG WITH A SPECIAL THANK YOU MESSAGE. Your name listed as a book sponsor on the website & I'll send you the magnet.

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    YOU'LL RECEIVE A SIGNED FIRST EDITION COPY OF THE BOOK BEFORE ANYONE ELSE.Your name listed as a book sponsor on the website & I'll send you the magnet.

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    At this level you receive the reward from the $65 level AND the $35 level. YOU'LL RECEIVE A FIRST EDITION COPY OF THE BOOK BEFORE ANYONE ELSE and FIVE POSTCARDS FEATURING IMAGES FROM MY BOOK. Your name listed as a book sponsor on the website & I'll send you the magnet.

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    "GET A BOOK & GIVE A BOOK TO A FRIEND." RECEIVE 2 FIRST EDITIONS COPIES OF THE BOOK BEFORE ANYONE ELSE–– INSCRIBED TO THE PEOPLE OF YOUR CHOICE. Your name listed as a book sponsor on the website, the 5 postcards featuring images from my book, and the magnet.

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    AN 8" X 10" PRINT OF ANY IMAGE FROM THE BOOK and A SIGNED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK. Your name listed as a book sponsor on the website, the 5 postcards featuring images from my book, and the magnet.

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    AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTED BY A MONGOLIAN ARTIST FROM MY PERSONAL COLLECTION (see examples on the left) Watercolors (unframed ) will be selected in "pledge-order" Plus A SIGNED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK plus AN 8" X 10" LIMITED EDITION PRINT OF ANY IMAGE FROM THE BOOK. Additionally, your name listed as a book sponsor on the website, the 5 postcards featuring images from my book, and the magnet.

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    THREE 8" X 10" LIMITED EDITION PRINTS OF ANY IMAGE FROM THE BOOK plus A SIGNED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK plus Your name listed as a "GENGHIS KHAN LEVEL" book sponsor on the website. Of course, you'll receive the postcards and the magnet as well.

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    YOUR CHOICE OF ONE OF MY FRAMED ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS. See my website for selection. www.lizacarterart.com. We will work together to pick the right one for you (not all painting are available), and TWO SIGNED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK. Your name listed as a "Genghis Khan level" book sponsor on the website. Of course, you'll also receive the postcards and the magnet as well.

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    (Optional reward for the $1,000 level). SIX 8" X 10" LIMITED EDITION PRINTS OF ANY IMAGE FROM THE BOOK - they would make a nice grouping on your wall! TWO SIGNED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK. Your name listed as a "Genghis Khan level" book sponsor on the website. Of course, you'll also receive the postcards and the magnet as well.

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