Thursday, January 13, 2005

Mekong Tibetans, 1924

atunzman, originally uploaded by mutikonka1.

"The Tibetans of the Atuntze [Deqin] Valley are Friendly Folk"

The Mekong Tibetans, especially those living in the arid region beyond Atuntze, are stalwart and hard working. They dress lightly, even in winter tiime, for it is always warm in that dry trench. False hair or cotton thread is braided into their long queues, which are then threaded through a ring of elephant ivory and wound around the head. The lowering of the queue is a sign of greeting.
- J.F. Rock.

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