At the Nelson library on Jan 31, Dorje Dolma’s multimedia presentation will be accompanied by portraits from the village by Nelson photographer David R. Gluns. Photo: David R. Gluns

Author to describe life in remote Nepal at Nelson reading

Dorje Dolma presents her book Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal on Jan. 31

In a remote region of Nepal, at an altitude of 13,000 feet, a community ekes out an existence against a backdrop of breathtaking beauty. It’s a place most of us will never see, but we can catch a glimpse this month.

Author Dorje Dolma presents her book, Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal, at a special presentation on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Library. The multimedia presentation is accompanied by portraits from the village by Nelson photographer David R. Gluns.

The outside world knew little of the Dolpo region when, in the 1980s, celebrated travel writer Peter Matthiessen described life there in The Snow Leopard. Then, Dolpo had no running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors other than the lamas trained in the use of herbs and prayer. This is where the author grew up, caring for her many siblings and the family’s sheep, goats, and yaks—even defending them from snow leopards.

Yak Girl describes the author’s life in what one review called “a vivid testimony of growing up and learning to survive in a harsh, rugged, yet astonishingly beautiful land.” Included in the story is the perilous, month-long trek to Kathmandu with her parents to meet the westerners who would take her to the U.S. for the surgery that would save her life in “a candid, true-life story of hardship, strength, family ties, and culture shock.”

Dorje was eventually adopted by her new American family; she graduated from university and became an early childhood educator before undertaking this, her first book.

Dorje’s tour includes presentations at Rossland Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., and at Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace in Castlegar on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m.

The tour also includes local schools, and presentations in Kelowna and Vernon. On Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., the Civic Theatre in Nelson will show the documentary The Only Son, which follows Dorje’s brother Pema and his family, and the struggle to preserve a culture.

The tour is sponsored by Altitude Project, a non-profit registered charity that sponsors education, health and infrastructure projects in the Upper Dolpo, Dorje’s home region of Nepal.

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