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Social Studies: Drokpa – The Nomadic Mountain People of Tibet by Diane Barker

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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