Tibetans 3 (Changtang, Tibet)
Reel Duration: 35’35”
The Chang Tang plateau is one of the highest deserts in the world with altitudes of 20,000 ft. (5000 meters). It is a very harsh environment where temperatures can reach minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit).
Tibetan Nomads live on the plateau in perpetual movement crisscrossing its vast areas rich in nutrients for animals. Chinese authorities have placed more and more restrictions on the free movement of people and have adopted policies of “parking” Tibetans Nomads in government housing. These policies create modern reservations alarmingly much like the resettlement of Native Americans in the late 1800’s in the USA. Poverty, alcoholism, domestic abuse is now chronic in these areas. Nonetheless, the identity of the Nomads cannot be confounded so easily. Only the nomads can live, from a physiological and morphological aspect on these brutal lands. Happily this circumstance may slow down the progression of Chinese settlers and mining companies.