THE MOVE TO CHAKKA
Religion and Culture

THE MOVE TO CHAKKA

From time immemorial, harmony among various pastoral groups relied on equal access to their most important asset; grassland. Norlha lies in the dis...

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CELEBRATING THE ELDERLY
Ritoma

CELEBRATING THE ELDERLY

Every Sagadawa, Norlha offers each of the Ritoma residents over the age of 80 the gift of a scarf. These senior members of the community spend thei...

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ARTISAN PORTRAITS
Craft

ARTISAN PORTRAITS

Over the last decade, Norlha has spent 40,000+ hours training local nomads in vocational, management & textile skills, training more than 150 a...

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MENDING IN TIBET
Craft

MENDING IN TIBET

The attitude towards what we wear has changed so much in the past 100 years, that mending our clothes would seem both impractical and a waste of ti...

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EARTH DAY IN RITOMA
Religion and Culture

EARTH DAY IN RITOMA

Historically, Ritoma has been home to Tibetan nomads who are closely tied to nature’s cycles, knowing that moderation helps to maintain a balance, ...

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FELT IN TIBET
Craft

FELT IN TIBET

Asian nomads have used felt for thousands of years, and examples of felt banners were found in the Dun Hunag caves, believed to be a thousand years...

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SYMBOLISM OF WATER
Ritoma

SYMBOLISM OF WATER

The Tibetan Plateau is the land of water, the place where Asia’s most important rivers, the Brahmaputra, Salween, Yangtse, Mekong and Indus, take t...

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HORSES OF TIBET
Ritoma

HORSES OF TIBET

Horses have always played an important role in Tibetan life. Historically, they’ve been used for travel, transport, status and sport. Spiritually, ...

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MONLAM CHENMO
Religion and Culture

MONLAM CHENMO

The Monlam Chenmo, also known as The Great Prayer Festival, is the most important Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the year and begins on the 4th da...

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YEAR OF THE WATER RABBIT
Animals and Surroundings

YEAR OF THE WATER RABBIT

The Lunar New Year is marked by the first day of the lunar year and is the most celebrated festival on the Tibetan Plateau. It is a symbol of new b...

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GANDEN NAMCHOE
Religion and Culture

GANDEN NAMCHOE

Each year on a winter night, the outlines of a multitude of villages and nomad settlements across the Tibetan Plateau emerge from obscurity, illumi...

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