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Nomads of the Northern Plains

The pattern of nomadic life was common throughout Tibet. Nomads dwelt in black felt tents of yak hair and lived off the produce of their yak, dri (female yak) dzos (cow/yak cross) sheep and goats. They would also barter milk, butter, meat and wool for tsampa and other commodities.
Here is a wealthy family of nomads in the Chang Thang area of northern Tibet. Sitting before the altar, the grandmother tells her grand daughter tales. Outside. the mother churns butter. The yak, ridden by the householder was also a slow but reliable means of transport.

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