Water was scarce on the steppes. The people knew it was important to conserve water. You can see this in Mongol dance, myths, and stories.
One popular dance was performed with cups. While dancing, people balanced cups full of water on their head. The trick was to dance as lively as possible without spilling a drop.
The Mongols invented an interesting instrument called the Horse-head fiddle to accompany their dances and stories. The horse-head fiddle has become a Mongolian national instrument.