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Author: Naomi Hawes Bishop
ISBN13: 978-0534440602
Title: Himalayan Herders
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Publisher: Brooks/Cole Pub Co (May 1, 2002)
Pages: 192

Himalayan Herders by Naomi Hawes Bishop

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Bishop founded Media-Generation, as a documentary production company and umbrella for production services and, in 2001, began producing and distributing DVDs with the goal of including contextual information-such as extra footage, filmmaker interviews, transcripts, and scholarly articles-alongside specific folklore and ethnographic film titles. 1997: Himalayan Herders, with Naomi Hawes Bishop. 1992: Khmer Court Dance, with Sam-Ang Sam. 1990: New England Dances.

Here are two excerpts from the book, Himalayan Herders, by Naomi Bishop, Stanford University Press, 2002. The marriage practices of these Nepalese herders is particularly interesting. Record you reaction to the marriage practices in your double-entry journal.

Himalayan Herders has been part of our lives since 1971 when Naomi studied the socio-ecology of langur monkeys in the forests above Melemchi. We shot the film in 1986 and 1989 when the subsistence economy of herding and farming was competing with wage labor outside the village.

John Bishop and Naomi Bishop present a portrait a peculiar life style of the Himalayan indigenous Sherpa people in their documentary, the Himalayan Herders. The 76 minutes long film is about the diverse culture and life style of herders community near Mt. Everest region of Nepal. The film was made in 1997 as a part of Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology Series. John Bishop Naomi Bishop.

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John Bishop, Naomi Bishop. Himalayan Herders is an intimate portrait of a temple-village in the Yolmo valley of Central Nepal where Tibetan Buddhists consult shamans, married life begins by kidnapping the bride, and the nearest road is a two-day walk away. The community drama of marriage, death, and rituals is juxtaposed with the rich texture of daily life, both in the village and the surrounding mountains and forest where these pastoralists herd zomo, a cross between a cow and a yak, which thrives in middle altitude pastures between 8,000 and 14,000 feet.

This first general case study about the Sherpa people in the Yolmo region of Nepal helps to place the more familiar Sherpa of the Solu-Khumbu region of Mt. Everest in comparative context. This study provides an ethnographic description of a village within the broad context of human adaptation to mountain environments, Tibetan regional cultures, and culture change.
Reviews: 3
I bought this for a class as required text but I would say if you have any interest in ethnographic anthropology then this book would be great. I would read this book on my free time.
In Himalayan Herders, Naomi Bishop presents a careful account of life in the Yolmo village of Melemchi, focused especially on the everyday economics of the “gode system” of agropastoralism and ongoing processes of adaptation and intergenerational change. Crafting a long-term study from materials generated during several return trips between 1984 and 1993 (and building on earlier fieldwork conducted during earlier research conducted in Melemchi while studying the langur monkeys endemic to the nearby forests in 1971-1971) Bishop painstakingly outlines the environmental and material dimensions of everyday life in the village, reflecting on the different methods by which people organize their households and lifeways, considering the diverse strategies that make life possible. From the beautifully written ethnographic vignette that serves as the Introduction, titled "A Day in the Gode (herding hut)" onward, we are familiarized with the overlapping rhythms and cycles that animate life in Melemchi. The daily labors of herding mix with the ritual calendar of local Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the coming and going of migrant laborers and schoolchildren, and the cycle of births and deaths. As readers, we are swept up in these rhythms ourselves, to the extent that we too can palpably sense the ways that these rhythms begin to change in the the final chapters focused on intergenerational change and the indeterminacy of the future.

Bishop's overall approach is highly inflected by her background in ecology, which draws her attention to the material and ecological aspects of social reproduction. This is most compelling in her thick descriptions of the different practices, strategies, and energetic investments that make herding zomo (the female yak-cow hybrids that dominate local herds) a viable lifestyle in this particular mountain ecosystem. This includes detailed descriptions of the seasonality of transhumance, the division of labor within families, the practical concerns of herd management and cross-breeding practices, and the production of dairy products. Here, Bishop is precisely differentiates Yolmo agropastoralism form other agropastoral strategies in different parts of the Himalaya, highlighting the fact that zomo herding is an assemblage of practices focused on dairy production, rather than on reproducing the herd. Bishop also describes the ways that zomo herding requires integration in regional economies of herding, such as trade in bovine stock with places like the Langtang Valley to the north. Later in the book, she considers recent shifts in herding strategies, such as the way some Melemchi community members have shifted to less intensive herding of cows and yaks (for producing stock) or simultaneously herding sheep. Chapter 2 is particularly valuable as a kind of master class in Himalayan herding: balancing the broader context that emerges through a synthesis of existing literature on the topic with a situated analysis of the practices and decision-making processes that shape herding by the people of Melemchi.

In the middle of the book, Bishop presents a classic ethnographic account of social structure, demography, agricultural practice, marriage customs, the ritual calendar, and governance. These chapters include material on the segmentation of clans, the ritual reproduction of clan relations and hierarchies through festivals, descriptions of 'capture marriage' practices, and analyses of mortality and funerary rites. In Chapter 5, Bishop provides a fascinating account of the unique historical relations between villagers and the Chini Lama of Boudhanath in Kathmandu, a lineage leader who traditionally owns the gompa and the lands around it as guthi. Bishop convincingly suggest that the ways that these relations have shifted over time reflects broader historical and political shifts - from an extractive feudal relationship with the 3rd China Lama to one that is now shaped by broader circulating notions of development and improvement. Each of these chapters concludes with a 'discussion' section that ties the ethnographic material back to broader anthropological and ecological debates contemporary to the books' publication - many of which remain important issues across Nepal.

The final chapters of the book focus on change and the indeterminate present of 1997 in Melemchi, reflecting structural kinds of questions that reflect the longitudinal nature of her fieldwork. Here Bishop discusses demographic changes, shifts in land-use patterns, anxieties related to the incorporation of the village in Langtang National Park in 1986, the increase and diversification of transnational migration strategies to India and elsewhere, new questions of democracy, and shifting interactions with other parts of Nepal. At the core of these chapters is a question: will herding practices continue to adapt, reflecting a changing set of risks and opportunities, or will the herding lifestyle become a things of the past? These reflections include a brief and thoughtful section focused on the challenges of 'living in a National Park' serves as a valuable case-study of a particular moment in time that relates to and foreshadows other concerns highlighted in more recent ethnographies of communities living on the edges of and within Langtang National Park (cf. Lim 2008; Campbell 2013). Writing at a moment when electricity had only recently arrived in the village and when plans for the construction of Melamchi Water Supply Project had only just been announced, Bishop writes both that "Melemchi had been transformed over the time we knew it" (p.143) and that "we have witnessed a transition in a process of continual change" (p.168). Today in Melemchi, as in many places across Nepal, the roads are still creeping their way upstream, children are still dreaming of leaving the village for someplace else, waves of development projects still come and go, and the future remains uncertain.

Lastly, this book is highly unique in that it is complemented by an ethnographic film (Himalayan Herders, 1997) which serves as a compelling and beautifully crafted complement to the text. Made by John and Naomi Bishop from footage collected in 1986 and 1989, the film features also portrays the rhythms of herding, the ritual cycles of Yolmo people, everyday life in Melemchi, and the tensions between the past and the uncertain future. The annex of the book includes a short section detailing the correspondences between the text and film (176) which is useful for variety of reasons - and the entirety of original footage from the film is also available in the Smithsonian Institution Human Studies Film Archive. Himalayan Herders - understood as a book and a film, or a long-term collaboration between partners who lovingly attend to parts of village life in ways that are both similar and different - is both an incredible resource and a teaching tool that functions at multiple registers. In the Acknowledgements of the book, reflecting on more than two decades of work and the ways that this place she knows and clearly loves continues to chance, Bishop tells us that "I feel I am the chronicler of an era in Melemchi" (xii). While this is a large claim to make, after reading her lovingly crafted book and watching the film that she and John Bishop made, I wholeheartedly agree.
First reading this book for an anthropolgy course, I had no idea how fascinating it was going to be. The book is a detailed description of the life of himalayan herders, specifically focusing on the village of Melemchi in Nepal. It describes the agrobusiness that subsidies the main activity of milk and milk by product production. Also, the intricate lives of these people and their interdependence betwen them and their environment is maginificent. All in all, awesome information with simple but detailed text. This is a great book for those who are interested in learning about different world cultures, and the author makes it easy to identify with people who live a much simpler, but just as work filled, as ours. Great book and very interesting!