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Cornell University

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Program Name

Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples


The goal of the project is to explore the relationship between people and the natural landscape through storytelling. I’m interested by elements like: terrain, topography, path, wayfinding, natural disasters, weather, natural resources, flora and fauna. How do these elements manifest in people’s oral history, daily lives, and spatial identity? How are these elements and the environment changing, and how are people adapting to these changes? My approach will be to talk to people at Walung about their interactions with elements of the natural landscape, both current and from the past. I will also document my own observations of these elements. Then, I will try to explore how these elements appear in and shape folk stories. From the stories and experiences people share with me, I will create a collection of short stories that attempt to document narratives of the people of Walung in order to paint a picture of space and place.


Asian Studies | Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Nature and Society Relations | Other Geography


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