Mark JenkinsA FREE EVENT: Deep in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia there is a ski culture that has survived unchanged for at least five thousand years. Wide, long, curve-tipped skis are hewn by axe from red spruce and the bases nailed with silky horsehair. These ancient skis glide smoothly over powder and yet can climb practically straight up. The Kazakh and Tuvan tribesmen of the region use the skis to hunt elk. Guns are illegal, so they lasso the beasts from their skis—a primordial tableau that is depicted in local petroglyphs dating from 5000-12,000 BP. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins lived and hunted with these extraordinary skiers last winter. Jenkins will present a program exploring the last enclave of prehistoric skiing, its links to the modern global ski culture, and the profound adaptability of humankind in an increasingly globalized world. Co-sponsored by University of Wyoming, InterConnections 21, Skinny Skis, and the Russian Club of Jackson Hole.

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