Through a Sherpa Window Illustrated Guide to Traditional Sherpa Culture
The Sherpa are Tibeto-Burman people from the Nepal Himalaya. They are best known for their mountaineering skills as guides and porters on Himalayan expeditions. The Himalayan heights also known as death zones are stressful and difficult environments. Despite these difficulties, Sherpa guides have managed to earn a reputation as reliable, loyal, and honest workers. The culture of the Sherpa people is recognized for its conservation ethics and sense of environmental responsibility. Although, the traditional homes of the Sherpa people are located at forbidding altitudes, they have managed to make these highlands relatively safe and prosperous places to live. These successful adaptations are not purely because of luck or hard work. There are Sherpa values, ethics, and way of thinking that have an influence. This illustrated book introduces the readers to the history, material culture, spirituality and environment that shape Sherpa culture. Although, this book is written from a Sherpa perspective to increase cultural appreciation among younger Sherpa, other members of the Tibeto-Burman communities across the Nepal Himalaya will find surprising similarities and differences that are equally interesting. It will also be of interest to other readers who are interested in the indigenousculture and traditions of
Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, Ph.D., was born in a mixed farming family belonging to the Traktho clan in the remote village of Thameteng in Solukhumbu District, Nepal. His parent herded yaks, grew potato and bartered salt. In 1963, Lhakpa Norbu received the opportunity to go to school when Sir Edmund Hillary opened the first school in his village. He studied national park management in New Zealand and joined the Government of Nepal to become a Park Warden in 1980. While with the Government he spent twenty years planning, developing and managing protected areas in Nepal. He completed a Masters degree in Forest Resources under a Fulbright scholarship in 1988.