Lhago and her husband Tsehua decided to have a nomadic life experience. This summer was the first time my sister visited our nomad family in Tsekog, Zekog or rtse khog (རྩེ་ཁོག Zeku) with Tsehua. Our maternal grandmother was born in Tsekog County, in a yak-fur tent. It’s where my family still has a village and half of relatives.
Tsehua said, “Summer is the best time to visit the grassland. It’s absolutely breathtaking.” He shared some live video clips of a flood of yaks (གཡག) moving through green grass that filled with wildflowers. I wish they were shareable links.
However, Lhago and Tsehua also shared a selection of photos that highlight Tibet’s nomadic life, including a wild yak འབྲོང་།, yak-hair tent, and landscapes.Yaks are animals vital to the very existence of Tibetans. Some say yaks were domesticated 3,000 years ago, and 95% of them still live on the Tibetan plateau as livestock. For nomads, yaks are food sources of milk, cheese, meat, wool, and hides. Their dung is also a source of fuel. Thanks to their pictures (via smartphones).
And this drew my sister Lhago and Tsehua to this magical place, our ancient way of life.
Any surprises from these nomadic life expressions?