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The word yurt (or yurta, e.g., in Russian) is originally from the Turkic word meaning “dwelling place” also see “ger”, “Kherga.”
A traditional self-supporting shelter made of natural fabric and wooden poles designed to be portable; a yurt was sustainable. Construction involved the best use of resilient, natural materials with virtually zero environmental impact. Round by design with a gently sloped roof, Yurts stood suitable protection against extremes of both cold and hot weather.
Wooden poles or uuks in Kyrgyz connect the latticework walls on the bottom of the yurt to the crown or shangrak (the hole in the middle of the tent for the smoke to escape and light to enter). This wood frame (kerege) is then covered with felt and then sometimes with canvas.
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