Author Dorje Dolma presents her book Yak Girl next week at the Rossland Public Library.

Author brings a touch of Nepal to Rossland

Yak Girl tells the story of growing up in the Himalayas, caring for family and livestock.

In a remote region of Nepal, at an altitude of 13,000 feet, a community ekes out an existence against a backdrop of breathtaking beauty.

It’s a place most of us will never see, but we can catch a glimpse of it this month.

Author Dorje Dolma presents her book Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal at a special presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Rossland Public Library.

The multimedia presentation starts at 7 p.m. and is accompanied by portraits from the village by photographer David R. Gluns.

The outside world knew little of the Dolpo region when, in the 1980s, celebrated travel writer Peter Matthiessen described life there in The Snow Leopard.

At the time, Dolpo had no running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors. This is where the author grew up, caring for her many siblings and the family’s sheep, goats, and yaks — even defending them from snow leopards.

Yak Girl describes the author’s life in what one review called “a vivid testimony of growing up and learning to survive in a harsh, rugged, yet astonishingly beautiful land.”

Included in Dolma’s story is a perilous, month-long trek to Kathmandu with her parents to meet the westerners who would take her to the U.S. for the surgery that would save her life.

Dolma was eventually adopted by her new American family; she graduated from university and became an early childhood educator before undertaking this, her first book.

Dolma’sbok tour includes a presentation at Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace in Castlegar on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., and anotehr stop the same day at the Nelson Library at 7 p.m.

On Feb. 4, the Civic Theatre in Nelson will show the documentary The Only Son, which follows Dolma’s brother Pema and his family in their struggle to preserve a culture.

The tour is sponsored by the Altitude Project, a non-profit registered charity which sponsors education, health and infrastructure projects in the Upper Dolpo region of Nepal.

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