STUDY THE HIMALAYAS?
This website is an ongoing
project devoted to the study and teaching of the Himalayas.
It reflects my learning and experiences during a five-week
institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Himalayas is a
region of the world which is often overlooked in school curriculums.
It is a vast frontier of converging languages,
faiths, political movements and geological patterns. Reasons
to study and teach this immensely rich and important area
are not limited to the following:
The Himalyan region is the birthplace of major world
religions, the core of peoples' beliefs and
Due to its latitudinal and longitudinal scope, as well as
vast altitude, the Himalayas hosts many niches of biological
The Himalayas, a relatively young mountain range, provides
wonderful opportunities for geological exploration and teaching;
Due to increased communication with both its neighbors and
outsiders, this region is undergoing political changes that
are increasingly affecting world politics. The relationship
between China and the people of Tibet and the current Maoist
rebellions in Nepal are two examples;
Circular migration, the movement of people
in search for better jobs and survival is becoming more common.
Himalayan cultures are transforming and spreading to all parts
of the world.