Anthropology Essay

Tibet: The Indigenous Peoples That Don’t Give up Without a Fight

A Research Paper
Presented to
Dr. Guadalupe Salazar

In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for
Anth 146

Tyler Perrina Dec
March 2, 2015

The focal point of this paper is on the indigenous peoples of Tibet. Tibet is made up of three different groups of indigenous peoples: the Ü-Tsang, the Drokpa, and the Khambas. I will be covering a number of cultural topics in terms of Tibet such as their economics, organization, ideas and religious beliefs, and the significance of their location, livelihoods, and language among other things. Tibetan culture is very unique, and thus has increasingly gained significance with the issues of concerns with their oppression, suppression, and violation of human rights. From their methods of production to decision making processes, every aspect of their culture is an invaluable part of this planet.
In Asia, Tibetans have actively practiced nomadic pastoralist traditions. According to Jensen (2010:4) the culture of a pastoralist emphasizes unique survival adaptations in hard environments, and based on livestock such as cattle, goats, sheep, yak, oxen and reindeer. Historically, Tibetan economics reflected agriculture and livestock. In south-central Asia, China is to the north of Tibet and in between Indian and Nepal to its south. There is an area known as the Tibetan Plateau, and believed to be the founding area of the roots language, social structure, and cultural development of Tibetan Buddhism. This areas environment was home to extreme weather conditions and variations, which tested the will power of the Tibetan Nomands, called Drokpa. The plateau provided an area to raise domesticated livestock as forms of trade and consumption. “Sheep are typically the most abundant domesticated animal in drokpas’ herds. They supply wool and milk, and often the dominant form of meat for subsistence consumption. Goats, in turn, provide...