‘Tchangues’ or mobile Shepherds on stilts

A fascinating example of shepherds and mobility! In France, Shepherds used stilts to get around on wet moorish land. 'The Landes region of southwestern France was for much of its history impoverished, with few roads and vast swaths of marshy and treacherous terrain. To navigate the soft and unsteady heathlands, shepherds developed a unique adaptation …

fencing out knowledge

In the book, 'Un Savoir-faire de Bergers', an interview with older French shepherds about fences illustrates a generational and landscape divide. The use of fencing to keep in sheep instead of taking them to pasture, is what older shepherds say is a loss of 'savoir faire' (expertise). 'Fifteen or twenty years ago, the parents of …