Fisher, James F.. Sherpas: reflections on change on Himalayan Nepal

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Sherpas: reflections on change on Himalayan Nepal

Published By: Original publisher Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press. 1990. xxvi, 205 p., plates ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] James F. Fisher

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Sherpa (AK06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Reviews and critiques (114); Life history materials (159); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Settlement patterns (361); Labor supply and employment (464); Prophets and ascetics (792); Ethnosociology (829); Education system (871); Elementary education (872); Liberal arts education (873);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph traces the impact on contemporary (i.e., 1964-1988) Sherpa society of modern education and mass tourism and to assess the Sherpas' own views on their collective future (p. xxi). The account is based on the author's three field trips to the Solu-Khumbu area in 1964, 1974, and 1978, with an additional brief visit in 1988 to fill in some photographic gaps -- a total time of little more than a year. The data were obtained from Sherpa informants and Fisher's own field observations. Topics covered deal with the Himalayan Schoolhouse Expedition of 1964 in which the author recorded his first impressions of Sherpa society, culture history and developmental change, the effects of education on the native culture, the construction of the airstrip at Lukla as a forerunner of tourism, a projection of the ethnographic future for the area by a sample of informants, and a brief account of life today (i.e., 1964-1988)in Khumbu. Many excellent photographs are included.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. ak06-004

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1964-1988

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1991

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1964-1988

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Generally Solu-Khumbu region in northern Nepal

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Sherpa (Nepalese people)


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