Interviewee Profile

Name: Dawa Palmo
(Alias: No)

Gender: Female

Interview Age: 73

Date of Birth: 1942

Birthplace: Tathun, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1959

Profession: Nomad

Monk/Nun: No

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 33N

Date: 2015-04-13

Language: Tibetan

Location: Tashiling, Pokhara, Gandaki, Nepal

Categories: Culture and History

Keywords: childhood memories, Chinese -- first appearance of, houses/villages, nomadic life, refugee in Nepal -- life as, Utsang


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.

Interview Team:

  • Katharine Davies Samway (Interviewer)
  • Henry Tenenbaum (Videographer)
  • Palden Tsering (Interpreter)
Interview Video

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Dawa Palmo on 4/13/2015

Length: 00:35:31

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