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NOMADS OF WESTERN TIBET THE SURVIVAL OF A WAY OF LIFE Goldstein 1990 1st ed Paperback Fine
By Goldstein, Melvyn C. and Cynthia M. Beall
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California, University of California Press, 1990, 1st edition. 192 pp, 212 color photos, maps. Large format paperback, no writing, marks, wear, like New.

For sixteen months in 1986-1988 the authors lived with a community of over 300 Tibetan nomads at altitudes above 16,000 feet in yak-hair tents, weathering temperatures below zero, drinking butter-salt tea and eating tsampa - popped and ground barley- and mutton.
 
This copiously illustrated book is their fascinating account of these remarkable people, of their traditional way of life and their continuing struggle for cultural survival. The authors accompanied the nomads on their daily trips between the home-base encampment and the grazing grounds, on seasonal migrations to distant pastures and satellite camps, on yearly hay cutting and salt-collecting events, hunting excursions and more of the daily doings of these nomads lives who have lived in ecological balance and harmony for centuries.
 
Includes chapters on Nomadic Economy, annual migration, pastoral allocation, horses, livestock in the pastoral community, herders and daily herding, diet, hunting, Cultural Revolution and Pastoral Communes, China's post-cultural Revolution, economic and social change, conservation of the environment. As the first Western scientists allowed to conduct in-depth research in Tibet in decades, Goldstein and Beall were given the opportunity to study firsthand and long-term the traditional lifestyles of the nomad's of Pala, a remote district on Tibet's western plateau. 

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