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        Drokpa: The Nomadic Mountain People of Tibet by Diane Barker | Global Oneness Project

        Photographer Diane Barker's body of work titled, "Drokpa: The Nomadic Mountain People of Tibet," distills more than a decade of travel to the Tibetan Plateau. From 2000 to the present, Barker has documented the nomads in the region and threats to their traditional lifestyle. Modern Chinese culture, including cell phones and other technology, continues to encroach into the lives of nomads, as 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.

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        Drokpa: The Nomadic Mountain People of Tibet by Diane Barker | Global Oneness Project

        Photographer Diane Barker captures the changes taking place for the nomadic mountain people of Tibet.

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        Tashi Boils Yak Milk | Global Oneness Project

        Amchok area, Amdo, 2000. Tashi boils yak milk with her daughter, Kelsang Dolma, looking on.

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        Black Tents | Global Oneness Project

        A young Hamar girl hopes to attend school. Female education is becoming more widely accepted by her culture.

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        Woman in a Pool of Light | Global Oneness Project

        Taerlung area, Kham, 2001. Woman in a pool of light.

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        Sheepskin Coat | Global Oneness Project

        Taerlung area, Kham, 2001. A child sleeps on his father's sheepskin coat, or chuba.

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        Women Milking Yak | Global Oneness Project

        Taerlung area, Kham, 2001. Women milking dri, the female yak. Yak, also known as Nor (meaning jewel, indicating their preciousness to nomad economy), are the main livestock of the Tibetan nomads.

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        Choegyal Saddles a Yak | Global Oneness Project

        Amchok area, Amdo, 2000. Choegyal saddles a yak to carry heavy packs on a rainy morning.

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        Chinese Army Uniform Replica | Global Oneness Project

        Taerlung area, Kham, 2001. Young Tibetan nomadic boy wears a replica of a Chinese army uniform.

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        Sisters in a Nomadic Camp | Global Oneness Project

        Lhagang, Kham, 2000. Sisters in a nomadic camp.

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        Inspired by Freedom | Global Oneness Project

        Amchok area, Amdo, 2000. Choegyal and his friend enjoy a break on their journey to a nearby village. Choegyal's friend (on the right) is Chinese but has married a local Tibetan girl and has adopted nomadic dress and customs. Originally from Chengdu, China, he visited the region to collect medicinal herbs and, being inspired by the freedom and lifestyle of the nomads, he stayed.

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        Snow Leopard Grasslands | Global Oneness Project

        Amchok area, Amdo, 2000. Snow leopard grasslands_known locally as the valley of the outlaws_on a bitterly cold September morning. It was in this region that Choegyal, shown in the previous picture, was shot in the legs by bandits trying to steal his yak.

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        Pilgrimage Site in Eastern Tibet | Global Oneness Project

        Dzongsar-Meshu area, Kham, 2001. Horse girl at Pema Shelpuk, an important pilgrimage site in eastern Tibet.

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        School Funding Application | Global Oneness Project

        Ngawang Ngapa, Kham, 2001. A monk writing a funding application for a school for nomadic children. Until somewhat recently, the only place offering formal education were monasteries.

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        Practice Day of the Lama Dances | Global Oneness Project

        Chung Lung Bonpo Gonpa, Taerlung, Kham, 2001. Practice day of the Lama Dances.

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        Stopping for a Picnic | Global Oneness Project

        Taerlung area, Kham, 2001. Oga and her cousins stop for a picnic above her village.

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        Young Cowboys | Global Oneness Project

        Lhagang, Kham, 2000. Young cowboys of the Tibetan borderlands.

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        Horse Race | Global Oneness Project

        Dzongsar, Kham, 2001. Nomadic cowboy firing an old muzzle-loading gun at a target during a horse race. Eastern Tibet was always greatly feared by travelers for the "wildness" of its fiercely independent people.

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        Horse Festival | Global Oneness Project

        Dzongsar, Kham, 2001. Horse festivals are an important feature of the summer calendar where riders can demonstrate their prowess.

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        Horses at a Picnic | Global Oneness Project

        Dho Pu valley, Meshu area, Kham, 2001. Horses at a picnic in honor of Bhutanese lama and filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

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        Solar Panels | Global Oneness Project

        Near Nangchen Gar area, Kham, 2014. More than a decade later, solar panels and motorbikes like these at Wangdrak Rinpoche's family camp have become increasingly common at nomad camps.

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        Modern Life Enters the Black Tents | Global Oneness Project

        Rongpatsa, Kham, 2015. The tradition of the black tents stay the same even as modern life has crept inside.

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        Television | Global Oneness Project

        Nomad camp near Manigango, Kham, 2015. A nomad girl watches a Chinese soap opera on TV, with a shrine situated above. A solar panel powers the television, along with a light and everyone's mobile phones.

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        Yak Butter, Cheese, and Curd | Global Oneness Project

        Sershul area, Kham, 2015. The nomad tent serves many purposes including a place to make Yak butter, cheese, and curd.

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        Trucks and Motorcycles Replace Horses and Yaks | Global Oneness Project

        Near Dzogchen, Kham, 2014. Nomads now mostly transport their camps in 3-wheel trucks and motorcycles instead of horses and yaks.

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        Requirements of Nomadic Life Continue | Global Oneness Project

        Nangchen Gar area, Kham, 2014. Despite the changes, requirements of nomadic life continue. For a dri's milk to flow, it has to be started off by her calf suckling.

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        Increasingly Warm Summers | Global Oneness Project

        Sershul area, Kham, 2015. Dust rises at the nomadic camp near the Yalong River, a tributary of the Yangtse. The drokpa in this area report that increasingly warm summers are drying out the grasslands, most likely due to climate change.

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        Yaks Graze Among Pylons | Global Oneness Project

        Near Lhagang, Kham, 2015. Yaks graze among pylons, an increasingly common site and sign of Chinese development in the region.

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        Nomad Tent and Motorbikes | Global Oneness Project

        Kham, 2015. Nomad tent and motorbikes at the Rongpatsa horse festival.

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        Trendy Hairstyle | Global Oneness Project

        Manigango, Kham, 2015. A young nomad sports a trendy hairstyle (inspired by those of Chinese pop stars) at a Lama Dance Festival.

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        Chinese-Imposed Resettlement Village | Global Oneness Project

        Tawu area, Kham, 2014. In the last 10 years, nomads have been relocated to Chinese-built resettlement villages in vast numbers, leaving their traditional nomadic lifestyle behind.

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        Flooded Resettlement Village | Global Oneness Project

        Near Hongyuin, Amdo, 2015. Part of a resettlement village under water. The area is known for its marshy plains, which flood easily.

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