** This interview about life in Tibet was conducted by the Tibet Oral History Project. This non-profit organization aims to preserve the history and culture of the Tibetan people by interviewing elderly Tibetan refugees about life in Tibet before and after the Chinese invasion. Learn more at http://www.TibetOralHistory.org.
** Interview Summary: Chheeme Gonpo Luthoktsang was born in 1945 in Kutse, Derge. The ruling class of Derge consisted of a king, 30 dhunkor 'ministers' and 80 honda 'deputy ministers.' His family engaged in farming and besides serving as a honda, his father was a merchant trading medicinal herbs in China and India. Chheeme Gonpo lived in a large house during the winter and spent time in the nomadic camp during the summers. He describes the family's religious practices and recalls listening to songs about a legendary Tibetan warrior king at bedtime.