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Tibetan Nomad Material Culture Documentation Project Collection

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
4.4 Terabytes (4050 videos, 1301 photographs, born digital)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Terabytes
Oral history
Digital photographs
Digital moving image formats
Place:
Tibet, Plateau of
Qinghai (province)
Gansu (province)
Sichuan (province)
Date:
2016
Scope and Contents:
The Tibetan Nomad Material Culture Documentation Project collection contains 4.4 terabytes of born digital video and photographic material collected by four teams in four traditionally Tibetan counties in three provinces in Western China. The materials document traditional nomadic life: herding, gender roles, the making of household items like baskets and textiles, clothing, games, foodways, religious events and celebrations, traditional tools, and the history, social life, and struggles of each community as expressed through interviews with community members.
Arrangement:
The files in this collection are arranged in chronological order within four series, named for the four fieldworkers or fieldworker teams and containing their respective video and photographic documentation. The four series are as follows: (1) Lhamo Drolma, (2) Puhua, (3) rGyalthar and Nathaniel Sims, and (4) Wuqi.
Biographical / Historical:
The Nomad Material Culture Documentation Project holds documentation from five different culturally nomadic communities in Qinghai, Gansu, and Sichuan Provinces, China. Starting in 2016, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage contracted local researchers, filmmakers, community members, and scholars to document aspects of current nomadic life, including customs, tools, traditional knowledge, and ways of life. All materials have been shared with the originating communities.
Provenance:
Materials in the Tibetan Nomad Material Culture Documentation Project Collection were created in 2016 by local researchers, filmmakers, community members, and scholars Llamo Drolma, Nathaniel Sims, Puhua, rGyalthar, Tsehua, and Wuqi. Their work was supported by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. After the fieldworkers completed their projects, their documentation, associated metadata, and trip reports were acquired by the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives in the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in 2017.
Restrictions:
This collection is born digital; access for research and educational purposes is available by request . Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information. Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Topic:
Nomads  Search this
Material culture  Search this
foodways  Search this
Crafts  Search this
Domestic life  Search this
Religious life  Search this
Herding  Search this
Hand tools  Search this
Games  Search this
Clothing  Search this
Fieldwork  Search this
Weaving  Search this
Basket making  Search this
hide and skin processing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Oral history
digital photographs
digital moving image formats
Citation:
Tibetan Nomad Material Culture Documentation Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.TNP
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Tibetan Nomad Material Culture Documentation Project Collection
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5961839ab-950c-4acb-93d0-df3a04d8a4b1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-tnp