Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

The Anthropologists

On this recent trekking adventure a number of Tibetians would follow us around while we were hiking or ‘stop by’ our camp to check things out.


These guys were the final crew who came to hang out and joke around and watch us climb up some pretty steep mountains. They found it incredibly amusing that we were having a hard time catching our breath. At first I thought they wanted something but then I realized that we were quite the sight for people who rarely see something new.

The people who really surprised me, and who I finally began calling The Anthropologists, were the nomads who showed up to just watch us in the morning or evening. We couldn’t really talk to them but they would check out what we were eating and doing. They would also look closely at the tents because their construction was obviously quite fascinating.

I felt like they were the village’s anthropologists who liked to come and examine the way other people live. For some reason it all reminded me of that Far Side Cartoon by Gary Larson. In the cartoon a bunch of cannibals are running away from the village while carrying TVs and toasters yelling “The Anthropologists are coming! The Anthropologists are coming!”. They want the anthropologists to think they are less technically advanced.

They found our stuff interesting–we found their stuff interesting. Ever want to know what the inside of a nomad’s tent looks like?

Outside (yes, that is a small solar panel outside the tent)




September 6, 2007 - Posted by | China, Rural, Tibet, Travel

1 Comment »

  1. Can you get me one of those solar panels??

    Comment by jolifanta | September 6, 2007 | Reply

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