Bakhishig (Baja) Batochir
2022 Corn Mother Honoree
Born in 1969 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Baja Batochir has an Associate’s Degree in Theater Arts from the Kharkiv Art University. An actor, slam poet, theater coach, and yoga instructor, she has acted in Mongolian avant-garde experimental films. After immigrating to Denver in 1999, she has dedicated herself to advancing Mongolian culture and art.
She is a founding member of various educational and artistic organizations, including the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado, Dharma Wheel Colorado Mongolian Buddhist School, Bombog Nomadic Children’s Puppet Theater, Uran Biir Colorado Mongolian Art School, and Nomad Yoga Sunshine LLC. Baja is trained in the ancient Mongolian art form of Tsam mask making, and in crafts and textile-fabric arts. In her apparel business, she makes apparel and tapestries.
She is creator, director, and designer of the Bombog Nomadic Puppet Theater — the first Mongolian American children’s nomadic puppet theater. She is part of the BETART Collective with her artist family. Their interactive art installation Mongovoo went on permanent exhibition at Denver’s Meow Wolf Museum in 2021.
She has dedicated her life to elevating her family and Colorado’s Mongolian community. As a skilled creative, her art is an extension of her life, and of her perpetual curiosity and dedication to education, empathy, inspiration, advocacy, and empowerment.
“Hard work pays back.”
Baja is on pages 11-14
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