Yak Girl: Growing Up In The Remote Dolpo Region Of Nepal by Dorje DolmaYak Girl: Growing Up In The Remote Dolpo Region Of Nepal by Dorje Dolma

Yak Girl: Growing Up In The Remote Dolpo Region Of Nepal

byDorje Dolma

Paperback | January 7, 2018

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This unusual memoir immerses the reader in the fascinating story of a spirited girl in a remote, undeveloped region of Nepal near the border of Tibet, a place made known to the world in Peter Matthiesen's The Snow Leopard. Life above 13,000 feet in northern Dolpo-often called the last paradise because of its breathtaking snow-capped peaks, untouched beauty, and hand-irrigated green pastures-was one of constant risk and harsh survival. In the 1980s, Dolpo had no running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors, other than the local lamas, trained in the use of herbs and prayer. Dorje Dolma's life centered around the care of her numerous younger brothers and sisters and the family's sheep, goats, and yaks. At age five she began herding and was soon taking the animals high in the mountains, where she fought off predatory wolves and snow leopards. Covering her first ten years, the story takes Dorje from her primitive mountain village to the bewildering city of Kathmandu, and finally to a new home in America, where she receives life-saving surgery. With humor, soul, and insightful detail, the author gives us vividly told vignettes of daily life and the practice of centuries-old Tibetan traditions. She details the heartbreaking trials, natural splendors, and familial joys of growing up in this mysterious, faraway part of the world with its vanishing culture. The sharp increase in recent years of western trekkers to the area, and the introduction of modern communication and transportation, is causing rapid change in Dolpo. This wonderful and surprising tale of survival, loss, and self-reflection offers us entry to this difficult, yet magical, place. Above all, this is the inspiring story of an indomitable spirit conquering all obstacles, a tale of a girl with a disability on her way to becoming a dynamic woman in a new world.
Dorje Dolma was born in the remote Dolpo region of Nepal, high in the mountains bordering Tibet. She was the oldest of eleven children, only six of whom survived the harsh conditions of their lives. Dolpo had no running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors, other than the local lamas, trained in the use of her...
Title:Yak Girl: Growing Up In The Remote Dolpo Region Of NepalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.97 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:January 7, 2018Publisher:Sentient PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1591812887

ISBN - 13:9781591812883


Table of Contents

1. A Small Girl in Dolpo 2. Playmates 3. Parents 4. Siblings Sumchog's Horrible Accident The Death of a Baby Sister Losing a Baby Brother 5. Grandparents My Father's Parents My Mother's Parents 6. Shomo Dechen 7. Daily Life in Dolpo Stuck in the Snow Herding 8. Shomo Deye Lhamo and Summers in Shey Herding in Shey Special Visitors Pilgrimage Festivals Family Visits The Curse Neighbors Saying Goodbye to Our Shey Community 9. Ani Dawa Lhamo and Ahyang Karma Tsering's Wedding 10. Shomo Deye Lhamo's Illness 11. The Month-Long Journey from Dolpo to Kathmandu The Decision to Leave Dolpo Leaving My Home 12. Life in Kathmandu Trying to Survive in the City Begging Pema Almost Dies 13. Searching for Doctors to Save Me I Almost Become a Nun I Wanted to Go to School Rokpa and Meeting Mummy Lea Meeting the Inje Family Saying Goodbye to My Family At Rokpa House 14. Happy Home Boarding School My First Exam Strangers Came to Visit Me I'm Going to America? A Letter from America Being Accused Seeing Jennifer Leaving Happy Home 15. Journey to America Something Is Wrong with America Getting Around in Kathmandu with Jennifer Meeting Ram Leaving Nepal I Have to Eat Fish? Stopping in Thailand Stopping in California My New Home My New Life

Editorial Reviews

Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal is a vivid testimony of growing up and learning to survive in a harsh, rugged, yet astonishingly beautiful land. Her story includes a long and sometimes perilous journey, since her parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu at age ten, followed by a meeting with westerners and travel to the United States for surgery to save her from a life-threatening condition. A candid, true-life story of hardship, strength, family ties, and culture shock, Yak Girl is highly recommended.