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Macalester College

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Spring 2014

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Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples


This study was conducted at the National Institute for Zorig Chusum in Thimphu, Bhutan in April, 2014. The majority of the study was a full-time enrollment in the school’s carving program, meeting 6 days per week and taking classes with the second year carving students. Along with learning the techniques and methods of Bhutanese woodcarving, I sought to understand the socio-cultural importance of woodcarving in Bhutan both historically and contemporarily. In addition to a cultural analysis, this study attempts to locate the Institute within a rapidly developing Bhutan, seeking to understand the ways in which it is maintaining traditional means of woodcarving and instruction, as well the ways in which it may be straying from these traditions.


Art and Design | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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