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Historical-Cultural Map of Uttarakhand

Historical-Cultural Map of Uttarakhand

First released in 2007 at a special function hosted by PAHAR and Mountain Shepherds, this one-of-a-kind 36″ by 23″ historical-cultural map of Uttarakhand by Rajiv Rawat is provided here in PDF format at full print quality. Mountain Shepherds also maintains a stock of prints at its office. Five years in the making, this unique endeavour attempted […]

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Leaving Winter Transhumant Field Study

Leaving Winter Transhumant Field Study

Ian Snider and Kelly Sheets will be sharing the culture of Appalachia as they accompany Bhotiya shepherds to their summer pastures Mountain Works Sustainable Development conducted its pilot project entitled Leaving Winter. This collaborative field study centered on a month long trekking excursion in the Garhwal Himalaya of Uttarakhand, beginning April 23, 2007. Where as […]

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Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2007

Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2007

The Fourth Annual Nanda Devi Women’s Festival was held in Lata village on Indian Republic Day. More low key than previous years, the festival however acknowledged a year of rapid progress towards the goals of the Mountain Shepherds Initiative with the holding of the Nanda Devi Inaugural Women’s Trek in the fall. As usual, the […]

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Historic Nanda Devi Trek Draws World Women

Historic Nanda Devi Trek Draws World Women

JOSHIMATH, 18 Oct, 2006: This past weekend, the last of three international teams departed for Dharansi Pass in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve as part of the Inaugural Nanda Devi Women’s Trek. Stopping over at eminent journalist Harish Chandola’s guest house near Auli, the group of four women including two Americans, a Canadian, and an […]

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First Mountain Shepherds Trainees Graduate

First Mountain Shepherds Trainees Graduate

A unique graduation ceremony took place at the Nerhu Institute of Mountaineering on Saturday, where thirty-eight youth hailing mostly from the upper reaches of Chamoli, but also from Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh districts, completed their basic mountaineering course. Organized by SPECS (Uttarakhand) and sponsored by the Winterline Foundation (USA), composed of alumni of the International Woodstock […]

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Capacity Building and Training through Mountain Shepherds

Capacity Building and Training through Mountain Shepherds

The training of local youth to participate in the local economy is integral to any community-based development project. Not only are youth the future of their communities, but also the most willing and able to take advantage of new opportunities made available by new skills. To this effect, Mountain Shepherds fundraised and sought and obtained […]

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Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2006

Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2006

On India’s 56th Republic Day, Lata village continued the fast evolving tradition of hosting an annual women’s festival. Early in the morning, the president of the Mahila Mangal Dal of village Lata Mrs Shukri Devi hosted the tricolor at the Junior High School of Lata. Later in the forenoon, the women contingents from the adjoining […]

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Artists’ Camp Supports Nanda Devi

Artists’ Camp Supports Nanda Devi

DEHRADUN (July 2, 2005): A workshop for painters and sculptors organised by Delhi’s ‘Nav Siddhartha Art Group’ in support of the ‘Nanda Devi Campaign’ took place for the second year in a row in the salubrious environs of ‘Vidya Bhavan’ in Herbertpur. The workshop began on 22 June and wound up on 28 June. All […]

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Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2005

Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2005

Following up on the first successful Nanda Devi Women’s Festival that coincided with the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Reni Incident, Gram Sabha Lata broadened out the themes of its second Nanda Devi Women’s Festival to recognize the achievements of the region’s women, men, and children. Due to unusually heavy snowfall this year, most of the […]

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Painting Hopes: Nanda Devi Artists’ Workshop 2004

Painting Hopes: Nanda Devi Artists’ Workshop 2004

Over twenty artists from the Uttarakhand Kalakar Samiti made their way to Lata over the summer of 2004 to attend a week-long retreat, drawing inspiration from the scenic beauty of Nanda Devi to paint their aspirations and dreams. Modeled on the tradition of artists’ camps that has brought sculptors and painters together in remote locales […]