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Is there a Future for Tibetan Nomads ?

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Tibetan nomads, known as འབྲོག་པ། (ndrogba) in Tibetan, are one of the most interesting people on the planet. They live in the remote, high elevation grassland regions of the Tibetan Plateau. Nomads are found in all three traditional regions of Tibet: Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang. The regions that have the most nomads are Nagchu and Ngari in the Tibet Autonomous Region, Yushu and Golog in Qinghai and the northwestern counties of Garnze in western Sichuan. It is hard to say exactly how many nomads are remaining, but estimates have been put at about 2 million (includes nomads and semi-nomads).

The Great Tibetan Nomads

Strong people ,I admire and respect Nomads.


Female yaks, or dri. The nomads rely on their herds for all the basics - milk for tea, butter, cheese and yoghurt; dung for fuel; and hair and hide for yarn, rope and clothing. A poor family may have 20 yaks or fewer; wealthy families up to 500.


Settling nomads

Government policy aims to settle more and more nomads. It says that this is aimed at improving the economic viability of animal husbandry and lessening the effects of natural disasters on the livelihood of Tibetan herdsmen.

This allows the government to manage the nomadic population as it gives them fixed addresses.The Chinese government is removing the nomads from their traditional grasslands, sometimes forcibly, to exercise more control over the Tibetan population.


Culture shock


For most nomads, the transition to a more urban lifestyle is difficult.

They are often settled in featureless blocks of housing by the side of roads or in newly created urban areas, and face the problem of creating an entirely new and sustainable livelihood.


Approximately 40% of the ethnic Tibetan population is nomadic or semi-nomadic.

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Taken on September 23, 2009