Spring  on the Horizon
Animals and Surroundings

Spring on the Horizon

January on the Tibetan Plateau. The landscape is bare, immersed in shades of yellow and rusty reds. The dust flies and animals graze what is le...

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Natural Shades
Animals and Surroundings

Natural Shades

Herds of Yak are visible from miles away, black dots on green or yellow pasture. Up close, they appear mostly dark brown, with some lighter ani...

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Around Norlha
Animals and Surroundings

Around Norlha

The Norlha Atelier stands at the entrance of Ritoma village, after the basketball court and before the spread of winter houses and the sprawlin...

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Ice
Animals and Surroundings

Ice

Glistening, cold, slippery, stark and pitiless, ice is an integral part of winter. Ice on the Plateau is never very far away; in late august, i...

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Fog
Animals and Surroundings

Fog

Clouds roll over the Plateau bringing rain and snow. In summer or early fall, when the air is humid, they often lie low creating a blanket of f...

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Snow
Animals and Surroundings

Snow

Tibet is sometimes called The Land of Snows, though not all areas of the Plateau see regular snowfall. In Ritoma, winters are too cold for snow...

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Wind
Animals and Surroundings

Wind

Noisy and boisterous, Wind on the Tibetan Plateau animates the multitude of prayer flags, transporting with it the luck-bringing wind horse thr...

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Women on Tibetan Plateau
Animals and Surroundings

On the Move

Today, people tend to forget how much we, homo sapiens, have always moved from one place to another. Migration, which happened ‘en masse’ for m...

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Harvest
Animals and Surroundings

Harvest

Harvest in a nomadic area like Ritoma is a relatively recent phenomenon. In the old days, there were less animals in more plentiful pasture, ga...

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The End of Summer
Animals and Surroundings

The End of Summer

The pasture remains a bright shade of parrot green, though the tips of long grass left to grow wild in the autumn pasture turn gold at the tips...

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The Machu Learning Curve
Animals and Surroundings

The Machu Learning Curve

When Dechen and her brother Genam set off to Amdo to buy yak wool in the summer of 2005, they had no idea what they were getting into, and neit...

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Norlha Lifestyle in Context
Animals and Surroundings

Norlha Lifestyle in Context

Norlha textiles were created from the union of precious khullu and the skilled hands of local artisans. Together, they wove and spun a way of l...

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