Herding and hunting are the most common traditional ways of life and production among the Altaic nomads. A Chinese account of the Hsiung-nu style of life, in the Shih chi, written in the first century B.C., indicates that at that date herding and hunting were extremely important in the daily life of the people and had conditioned certain attitudes and patterns of behavior. The dress of the people, their daily diet, and virtually every part of their life was influenced by their herding and hunting. 1