In this lesson, students view a photo essay "Drokpa, The Nomadic Mountain People of Tibet," by Diane Barker. From 2000 to the present, Barker has documented the nomads of the Tibetan Plateau and threats to their traditional lifestyle. Modern Chinese culture, including cell phones and other technology, continues to encroach into the lives of nomads, and the Chinese government enacts its plan to relocate nomads from high-altitude pasturelands into government housing. In classroom discussion, students examine specific aspects of nomadic life and explore what could be lost as ancient cultures disappear. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.
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