Ganna Natsag

Mongolian native and current Arlington, VA resident Gankhuyag “Ganna” Natsag makes dance masks for the tsam, a Buddhist ritual performed by dancers wearing elaborate costumes and masks. It was introduced to Mongolia in the eighth century, when the Indian saint Lovon Badamjunai sanctified the first Tibetan Buddhist temple. Ganna’s masks, ceremonial costumes and dance were featured in the Virginia Folklife Area at the 2021 Richmond Folk Festival.

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