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Tibet Oral History Project: Interview with Dawa Palmo on 4/13/2015

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Published on Apr 6, 2018

The interpreter's English translation provided during this interview is potentially incomplete and/or inaccurate. If you are not fluent in Tibetan, please refer to the interview transcript for the complete and correct English translation. Read the interview transcript in English at http://tibetoralhistory.org/Interview...

** 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: Dawa Palmo grew up in a place called Tathun with around 10-15 nomadic families. Their livelihood was herding animals, milking and making various dairy products and selling them to procure grain and rice. She loved the animals because the nomads depended upon them for food and clothing. Dawa Palmo describes how her house was built of mud with only a cloth to cover the floor and cooking stove with a chimney, fueled by yak dung. They slept on raised platforms covered with sheepskins. Her mother did the cooking and her father went to trade dairy products for grains, while Dawa Palmo tended the animals. A Chinese man came to Dawa Palmo's village and he stayed by himself for a month. Later when her parents heard about the next appearance of the Chinese, they fled their home in fear and left everything behind. Dawa Palmo recounts the escape journey to Nepal and how she had to work as farmhand.

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