Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal

Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal

by Dorje Dolma

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591812883
Publisher: Sentient Publications
Publication date: 01/07/2018
Edition description: 1st edition
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 363,840
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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 herbs and prayer. Dorje began herding the family’s goats and sheep at age five and by seven she was defending them from attacks by wolves and snow leopards.

When she was ten, Dorje’s parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a serious health problem she had. There they encountered Westerners who arranged to bring Dorje to the United States and get her the surgery she needed to save her life.

Adopted by her new American family, Dorje eventually graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts. She now works as an early childhood teacher in Boulder, Colorado, and continues to develop her art. This is her first book.

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
8. Shomo Deye Lhamo and Summers in Shey
Herding in Shey
Special Visitors
Family Visits
The Curse
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
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

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