Interviewee Profile

Name: Tsering Wangmo
(Alias: No)

Gender: Female

Interview Age: 87

Date of Birth: 1920

Birthplace: Toe Zonkar, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1959

Profession: Dairy Farming

Monk/Nun: No

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 74

Date: 2007-07-04

Language: Tibetan

Location: Dickey Larsoe Settlement, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India

Categories: Culture and History

Keywords: childhood memories, clothing/weaving, festivals, food/drink, nomadic life, shamans/mediums, Utsang


Tsering Wangmo is from Toe Zonkar in Utsang and lived a typical nomadic life, which began early in the morning with milking, churning curd and making dry cheese. Her regular chores also included raising animals and weaving woolen dresses. She describes the food eaten in daily meals.

Tsering Wangmo still fondly recalls those days when the people in her village used to sing and dance during festivals, weddings and even while performing their normal daily tasks. She was often selected to dance at weddings and used to teach traditional songs and dances.

Tsering Wangmo performs mo 'divination,' which is a type of fortune telling done with rosary beads. She now spends her time praying and feeding birds outside her home. At age 87, she lives an independent life, away from her daughter and grandchildren, one of whom is a reincarnate lama.

Interview Team:

  • Rebecca Novick (Interviewer)
  • Ronny Novick (Videographer)
  • Tsering Dorjee (Interpreter)
Interview Video

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Tsering Wangmo on 7/4/2007

Length: 00:37:57

Short Videos

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Morning Routine of a Tibetan Villager

Length: 00:03:03

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