With each pass, another stone. Ovoo and the Ritual Remaking of Religious, Ecological, and Historical Politics in Inner Asia – K. G. Hutchins

As environmentally-sourced artifacts that grow in size with each interaction with humans, ovoos in Mongolia delineate both space and time in ecologically and politically charged ways. Their presence and power as spiritual beings and historical markers is derived from and enacted upon the ecological and social landscapes which they oversee. This paper explores how ovoos instigate, mediate, and commemorate conflict in ways that entangle environmental and cultural heritage. Drawing on the experiences of three heritage bearers who interact with ovoos as part of their livelihood, I argue that ovoos allow for people to access more-than-human networks as part of their heritage preservation.