Hospital Carving Hostel Photos Monastic College Pottery Painting Sewing Smithing Monastery Weaving Metalwork Casting Karma Taktsang Holy Site Holy Site Photos Pema Shelpuk Mountain Photos Retreat Dopu Valley Photos Siling Lake Photos Ngandra Mountain Photos Credits


Located in the upper reaches of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, Dzongsar is home to about 12,000 Tibetans, whose livelihood mainly depends on herding and the annual tsampa (barley) harvest. Dzongsar is also home to the Yothok Yonden Gonpo Medical Association, a unique local revitalization effort. Originally founded as a Tibetan hospital, Yothok Yonden Gonpo has branched out to offer occupational training in a wide range of arts and craftsmanship, including drawing, Thangkha painting, mural painting, decorative house painting, carpentry, woodcarving, gold and silver processing, blacksmithing, bronze statue casting, clay sculpture work, earthenware pottery making, tailoring, spinning, and weaving.

The community map and associated videos were produced in September 2007, by participants from Yothok Yonden Gonpo Medical Association working with facilitators from the Kham Film Project. The videos were shot and conceived by local team-members, and edited by project facilitator Tsering Perlo, with input from Nelson Walker and Lynn True. 

Made possible with the collaboration of the Yothok Yonden Gonpo Medical Association and generous support from The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

Credits & Thanks

Participant Filmmakers
Chimé Dorjé
Trinley Dorjé
Tra Chimé Dorjé
Trabu Chimé Dorjé
Trabu Tashi Lhamo

Nelson Walker III
Rikpé Dorjé
Philip Maysles
Tsering Perlo

Tsering Perlo

Additional Interviews
Sönam Topgyel
Chönyi Dorjé

Additional Camerawork
Nelson Walker III

Tsering Perlo
Jann Ronis
Chelsea Hall
William McGrath

Series Producers
Lynn True
Nelson Walker III

Special Thanks
David Germano
Cecil Matthai Esquivel-Obregón
Trabu Chimé Dorjé
Luore Phuntzok
Staff of the Dzongsar Tibetan Hospital
University of Virginia
Columbia University

Photo Gallery

More Info

For more information about Dzongsar and the Yothok Yonden Gonpo Medical Association, please visit their website.
Click HERE.