Mrs Morgan invited the local artist Ek from Unearth studio to come into school to give a workshop on Tibet. First he showed his excellent slides taken when he lived and travelled in Tibet for four months. The scenery from the snow capped Himalayan mountains down to the river valleys was amazing. Ek explained about the traditional way of life for the Tibetan people and their heavy reliance on their animals in particular the Yaks. He explained about the Buddhist religion and showed us picture of the monasteries scattered around the rocky hillsides. The students were then able to handle the various artefacts that he brought in. There was a question and answer session followed by a final musical extravaganza with the singing bowl, conch horn and a big blast on the ‘ dungchen’! Our thanks go to Ek for a memorable workshop.
In this lesson, I learnt about Tibet. I learnt about the prayer flags that are put over rickety bridges so that people may have a safe journey. Tibet was invaded by the Chinese and they put a border around it. There are bus rides once a week into the main part of Tibet and they can take up to seven days. People spend a lot of their free time chatting whilst making fabrics and carpets.
They have very strange instruments that look like horns and some make very squeaky noises and some make very low noises like a didgeridoo. It gets very hot, so people have to wear hats and put shades over their heads. Tibetans believed that dogs were the reincarnated monks who didn’t do well in their studies; therefore, they treat the dogs with a lot of respect. Well off Tibetans have lots of wood outside their houses and on their balconies so that, when winter comes, they have lots of firewood.
People ride on yaks, donkeys and horses. They have slingshots so that they can keep their cattle in line. Lots of children there have never seen a foreigner, so they are very interested when they find one. They have one annual wash day every year. They have bowls called singing bowls and when you run this sort of stick around the outside of the bowl, it makes a high sound like when you lick your finger and run it around a wine glass.
There are huge paths that stretch all the way up the mountains. People enjoy watching horse races. In the horse races, no one uses reigns or saddles so they just hold on to the horse’s mane and they often fall of. They graze sheep, goats, cows and horses so that they can have milk and fur for the winter. Tibetans like picnics.
Tibet is located in the Himalayas. They are very religious and have festivals where they enjoy dancing. They wear very thick, colourful fabric and they eat lots of noodles. Tibet can get very hot but it can also get up to 3ft of snow! WOW!